"Lord Jesus, help coaches and
athletes honor and glorify you in all they do, on and off the
field of competition..."
-- Colossians 3:23-24
|EVERYTHING in It!
Tuesday, March 4th,
READY: “The earth
is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in
it.” -Psalm 24:1
SET: Often it seems like
life itself is a race—a rat race that sucks away time even while I
grasp at minutes in desperation. I’m an endurance athlete; I train
for hours to shave seconds off my race time. I’m a busy American.
Another paycheck will come, but each moment, once past, is gone
forever. Time is my best friend and my fiercest enemy; it is my
greatest challenge. At least it was until my husband re-worded his
financial motto from “It ain’t our money,” to “It ain’t our time.”
Coincidentally Psalm 24:1 has been increasingly floating
around in my mind: “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,
the world and all who live in it.” Everything in it is His: His
earth, His mountains, His birds, His people…His money…His time. The
irony strikes me that I commit the outcome of every race to Christ,
whatever He wills—a win, a finish or even a DNF (Did Not Finish). I
put it all in His hands and relinquish it to Him. Why do I not do
that with each day, each moment, in the “race marked out for us”
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in
it.” It ain’t my money and it ain’t my time; it’s the Lord’s. Even I
and all my busyness are His. All my activities are just the “good
works He has prepared in advance” for me to do (Ephesians 2:10). All
the results are up to Him.
These truths echo in the back of
my mind. In quiet moments I drag them forward and ponder them. Then
a mysterious peace and rest overwhelms the busyness. It is the
promised “peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) and
the rest that comes from throwing all my burdens onto Him (Matthew
11:28). Something deep within me praises God as I experience again
that His promises are true! In the Psalmist’s words I’ve found a key
that helps me unlock the promises: “The earth is the Lord’s and
everything in it.”
1. How would
your schedule change if God was allowed to rearrange it?
would your reactions change if you saw God causing each unexpected
3. How much worry would you release if you really believed
that God does control the outcome?
AUTHOR: Donna Douglass is a long-time
triathlete and FCA Endurance board member. Visit www.donnadouglass.com.
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