The Lord has placed great dreams and aspirations within each of our hearts
that are meant to be realized and fulfilled. We must remember that God
does not create anything without a reason and purpose behind it. Our life
is proof that we are on the earth to accomplish that which is pleasing to
the Lord. The Bible says that God declares the end from the beginning.
Never believe the lie that you have no purpose or talent because the Lord
created you to fulfill a need that is to be met. Believe in yourself just
as God believes in you and run your race with a quiet confidence knowing
that God is running right beside you. (Isaiah 46:10) (Deuteronomy 28:12-14)
I hope you are encouraged by this message to see that your life can
positively impact your city, country and even this world.
RUN WITH INTENT
Buckminster Fuller once said, “The minute you choose to do what you really
want to do it's a different kind of life.” And it's not about what you're
getting Paid to do! If you want to live abundantly, decide what you really
want and figure out a way to do it. Be clear and live with intent.
You may have heard of Fred Lebow. Fred complained to his doctor that he
lacked energy. His doctor advised him to take up running in order to
increase his stamina. He fell in love with it! He was 39 years old when he
entered his first race -- and did horribly. He beat only one other
contestant...a 72-year-old man. But he loved it!
Fred decided what he really wanted to do -- and he did it in his spare
time. He joined the New York Road Runners Club and organized New York
City's first marathon race. But what Fred truly wanted to do, even more
than run, was to bring people together. And that is what he did. He
believed that anybody should be able to run -- people of all ages, any
background, professional or amateur, and of any country. Today, more than
28,000 people of all backgrounds and nationalities compete in the NYC
Not everyone in New York was excited about people running through their
neighborhoods. Fred was approached by a youth gang that warned him that
nobody had better run through their turf. “That's great,” Fred enthused.
“I need someone to protect the runners in your area, and you look like
just the fellows to do it.” He gave them each a hat, shirt and jacket and
that year, when the marathon went through their neighborhood, these young
men proudly guarded the runners along their way.
Fred decided what was truly important to him and he found a way to do it.
He lived with intent. That single decision made his life remarkably different.
In 1990, Fred Lebow found he had a brain tumor. In 1992 he ran his final
race. He crossed the finish line holding the hand of his friend and
Norwegian Olympic medallist, Grete Waitz. A bronze statue was created of
Fred in his running clothes, checking his watch. It is now placed at the
finish line of every race. Fred died in 1994. But as one sports writer
said, “Fate handed him a short race. With his gall, with his love of life,
Fred Lebow turned it into a marathon.”
Fred would say that it's not about how long you live, but how you run the
race of life. Do you run it with intent?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth
His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were
under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye
are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts,
crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and
if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
Psalm 40:1-4 “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and
heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the
miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He
hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see
it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh
the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside
Ezekiel 36:26-27 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will
I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within
you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments,
and do them.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on
Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in
the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: WHAT YOU WILL BE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: MADE STRONG THROUGH WEAKNESS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony183.htm
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry