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Friday, March 14, 2014

Disappointments come and go ...

Discovering how to run your physical race and your spiritual race -- at your own pace!

Running my race in Istanbul, Turkey 2008

Honestly, I did not feel like writing a blog this week.
But I also know there is someone out there in 
Blog Land that needs to hear a few encouraging words.  
Words you have heard before, 
but perhaps you need a reminder.

Life is full of disappointments.
 Some big.  Some small.
 Throughout my seventy-two years, 
I have had my fair share of them.  
Jobs.  Marriages.  Children.  Friends.  Pastors.  
This week I had a big one.  
My heart responds in love and best wishes.  
No judgement.  
No details.   
No theology.  Only simplicity.

I do want to share a few words from my heart.
Going through another disappointment, I am again reminded ...

Man will disappoint.
 Jesus never disappoints.
We respect those in authority, but we cannot idolize them.
We must keep our eyes on Jesus, not man.
Then when disappointment comes,
He is there to comfort us.

With disappointment, 
comes discouragement, 
perhaps even a time of mourning the loss that you have incurred.  
It's alright to shed tears, cry, weep.  
But afterwards, there is peace in knowing that you 
shall continue the race that God has set before you.  
God has given each one of us a mandate from heaven, 
no matter how big or small we think it is.  

Life goes on. So must we.  
Surround yourself with those who will comfort you, 
but at the same time, 
they'll encourage you to 
continue on the path that God has prepared just for you.

I wish you waves of encouragement and oceans of hugs!

Running my first 10K race
with my running buddy in
Los Angeles, CA 1978

... Let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Hebrews 12:1

The new me!