Have you ever had a sentence spoken by someone grab you and not let you go? Maybe you were talking to a friend or sitting in a Sunday service when out of the blue words spoken stick to you like glue. You can’t shake them loose – I’ve tried. As I sat in the Christmas Eve Musical service at Bay Area enjoying every moment and touched by the musicals message, Pastor Bil begin to speak. I have to confess I don’t remember the whole message because somewhere in the beginning he said in passing “This is not a spectator life – get in the game.” There it was the sentence that would captivate my mind for days. I don’t want to live a spectator life. I want to be in the game; training hard, running hard, and working hard.
1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 MSG “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athlete’s race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”
No sloppy living for me. WOW! That will be my motto for 2008. How about you? Do you have a motto for 2008? I’d love to hear about it!
Happy New Year and NSL – no sloppy living.