Hit by a car

Yes, it finally happened.  I was hit by a car, a small black one.

Well, maybe I am pushing it a bit, but I did hit it enough to make a thud on his hood and shock the driver.  When running in town, I’ve read and learned that you must always pay attention to your surroundings and sure enough, my eyes quickly caught the young college student who pulled up to the stop sign as he exited his apartment complex.  I was approaching on his right while he was looking left.  As I have done hundreds of times before on my runs, I passed in front of the car, wondering, “Does he know I’m here?”  In a split second I got my answer.  The driver didn’t see me, only an open turning lane.  Sure enough, the car rolled forward while my left hand reached out and landed on his hood.  With the speed of a trained CIA agent, I gingerly and athletically cleared the front of this high-end sports car.  (Ok, may not.)  Luckily my legs brushed the far corner as I quicken my step and cleared the vehicle.  With my heart racing and the loud apologies from the scared driver coming through the closed window, I continued on and finished my run.

I wish the attacks of Satan were just as clear as a threatening black car on a run, but unfortunately the tricks of the devil are much harder to recognize.  Peter reminds us, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”  (1 Peter 5:8 NLT)  As we walk through life, staying alert and recognizing how the devil can easily tempt us to sin is a practice that must be drilled into our thinking.  Too often it is that split second awareness that makes all the difference in the world, the difference between sustaining serious injury and jumping clear, the difference between breaking the heart of God with our sin and taking 1 Cor. 10:13 to heart and knowing there is a way of escape every time sin crouches at the door.

Stay alert!

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Plan your walk like you plan your run

Every time I set out running, I have a plan.  I know where I am going to run, the distance, the pace, and even the type of workout.  Why is it that we enter the Christian life with no plan?  Mature believers are sometimes the worst at it.  How many season marathoners would simply head out day after day with no plan?  Not the ones that will compete, that’s for sure.

This morning, for my time with God, not knowing what I was going to do, I simply did a quick search of “run” on my iPhone’s YouVersion app.  Over the next few minutes I found God speaking to me in various ways through the random verses.  In fact, the very verse God laid on my heart convicted me of what I just did!  Paul was using the example of training, of athletic completion, as a metaphor for pursuing after God.  Without discipline and focus, there is no victory.  If we truly want to experience all that God has for us, we must plan our walk with Him with the same focus and intentionality we have in planning our workouts for the week.

“Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air.  Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”  (1 Cor. 9:26-27)

So how intentional are you in your walk with God?  Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have a reading plan for getting into God’s word?
  • Do you have a journaling plan for getting God’s Word into you?
  • Are you actively involved in a small group where God’s word is opened regularly?
  • Is your prayer life one that consists of variety, depth, sincerity, passion?
  • Is your time with God meaningful?

You will never cross the finish line without discipline and self-control.

OK, Kevin.  Enough of the toe bashing.  You’ve got my attention!  Now what?

Next post will have basic steps and creative ideas that will strengthen and bring depth to your relationship with God.

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