Hebrews 12:2 Amplified Bible
“.. [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith…”
Pretend for minute you are Michael Phelps.
Just go with me here…
You are an athlete, training for a race. During the stretching and getting-ready part, you start to hear whispers of doubt, negative talk, booing and soon, all kinds of condemnation from the stands.
Some of it is coming from strangers, some of it from people you may know.
This is the moment of reckoning. Will you listen to the lies, the hopelessness, the hatefulness…or will you choose to focus on getting ready and trust that your Father is right there with you, helping you along so you can walk out the path laid before you?
We all have to deal with this at some point in our lives. Some of us have learned how to discern the right from the wrong, the good from the bad, the Truth from the lies a bit easier than others simply from having more experience.
If you are like me and are in a season of learning how to hear God better and shut up the enemy’s nag nag nagging, join me in watching Elevation Church’s, Steven Furtick as he shares a segment from a commercial.
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Did you like it? What did you think?
Did you picture yourself in that guy’s shoes?
Could you envision Jesus long ago, putting on His “headphones” of Truth as He walked the road to what looked like an ultimate death? A loser’s runway?
Each of Us Are On A Journey
We may not get to choose who we hear in our day to day lives, but can choose how we listen and how we let it effect us.
What we give power to, and the attitude we have are vital.
It is like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Story, the kind I loved to read growing up…
Good & evil exists. Which one will we let guide our days? Which one will we choose to listen to? Using the athlete version, I tried to paint a picture of two different scenarios:
Letting the Enemy Lead & the Outcome
- I quit before I even start the race.
- I physically lag as my head is turned to see what other awful things are being whispered in the stands.
- I trip because my head is turned, looking behind me to see if Molly is catching up to me.
- I injure myself because I didn’t stretch my muscles properly, either from pride or thinking I was good enough to start without it – or from fear that it would waste my time, so I rushed to the starting line without proper preparation.
- I ball up in the fetal position right in the middle of the track, in the middle of the race because the negative voices are just too much for me to handle.
Letting the Father Lead & the Outcome
- I properly prepare for the day’s race by tuning out the lies and negativity and tuning into His Truth.
- I let Grace set the pace, not fear that drives.
- I remember the instruction of my Coach, keeping me calm and sure – rather than acting on impulse.
- I enjoy the race while I praise Him, singing myself Truths that put a pep in my step.
- I become grateful that I was chosen to take part.
- I listen to the cheers of the crowd, the encouragers in the stands.
- I meditate on the Coach’s presence during the race.
- I remain looking forward, toward the final Prize.
Have you ever found yourself in any of the positions above? I have pretty much experienced each one at some point or another.. It always turns out better when I let the ultimate Coach keep His place in my day and in my heart. When I listen to Him over the noise of the world, over the lies of the enemy, over the hurls of the haters – I can remain focused and pressed into Him.
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