I want to finish the race. I want to fight the good fight. I don’t know if I will hear, “Well done.” But, it is my goal.
I read this on my kombucha tonight, which by the way, this bitter slimy drink is suppose to be doing amazing wonders in my gut. Whether it is working wonders or not, only God knows.
I found these words encouraging after battles at the dinner table and a family devotional that felt well… somewhat useless.
“Just try your veggies.”
“Be thankful for what is on your plate.”
“Stop focusing on blowing bubbles with your gum and listen to the Bible story.”
Small battles, yes, but I have felt myself growing tiresome.
I don’t write personal goals down but I know some of the things I am working towards.
I desire to be a loving wife.
I desire to point my kids to Christ.
I desire to become a better writer.
I desire for our family to live healthier.
I desire for my life to glorify God.
I desire to fight the good fight. I want to remain faithful and finish the race the Lord has set before me and hear, “Well done.”
Then life happens. These goals are not attained quickly nor easily. Struggles come and there is the thought, “Just give up. Is it really worth it? Does anyone care? Does it matter?”
In this moment when lies began to fill my mind, my gaze fell upon these words,
“When setting goals, count any movement towards it as a measure of success; even the smallest step.”
Putting the veggies on the plate is a small step.
Getting little humans to sit in the same place while you read the Bible is a small step.
Registering for that online writing class even though you are just on lesson 2 is a small step.
If we are moving toward God, we are moving in the right direction; even if they are baby steps. If we are seeking God and our goals are God focused, every tiny step is success. So at the end of each day find your tiny steps of success. What seems small just might have giant kingdom results.
“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you.”
1 Timothy 6:12
“But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at bringing others to Christ. Complete the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:5
Friends, these words are not just for Timothy, they are for you and I too. Keep fighting, keep running, or jogging or walking! Keep loving and serving your family. Keep seeking truth. Complete the ministry God has given you. One miraculous day when we meet Jesus face to face, we will discover it was all worth it.