Don’t Stop Believin’

 (My attempt to show you how totally sporty I can be.  This is at a Redskins game with my brother Willis.  It rained and sleeted, but I stuck with it.  Talk about a faithful fan…I even have my own jersey!)

I know Journey wasn’t singing about God, but boy do I like them…did you all know that from 1986-1987 Randy Jackson was in Journey?  Who knew?!?  There’s a little American Idol trivia for you to jump-start your day!

Oh, how I digress… 

It’s quite comical that I would even post a verse about running yesterday, because I am anything but a runner.  Running requires dedication and commitment.  When it comes to sports and hobbies, my commitment level is usually lacking.  The flute in fifth grade lasted all of three weeks, my desire to “go all the way” in figure skating like Nancy Kerrigan didn’t make it past the drive home from my skating birthday party, and let’s just say when it comes to professional sports I’m somewhat of a fickle fan.   

Last year, I was determined to become a runner.  I started out slowly and eventually got to the point where I was consecutively running through the week.  After the first week I wanted to die every day, but eventually I got to the place where I actually enjoyed it.  Then one day I stopped.  I still can’t remember why, maybe it was the heat, maybe I was tired, maybe I didn’t have time, but as they days rolled on, it became increasingly difficult to get back out there.  I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t gone running since.  I still have the desire to get going again, but I don’t want to have to start all the way back at the beginning.

Is there anyone else who can relate?

To me this emphasizes the importance of not giving up on our faith and not letting our hearts grow tired of loving God.  I have had many times in my life where my faith has been far too cyclical–one minute I can’t get enough of God and then suddenly I’ve fallen so far away I don’t even know how to hit the reset button…but what an undeserving gift that when it comes to God, there is always a reset button!

Recently, I feel like God is challenging me not to give up and not to let my desire to love Him more fade away.  When the days seem mundane, when I’m not getting the answers I want, when it seems like I can’t “feel” God; I can’t give up.  When I am knocked down and broken, when I don’t see immediate results from my prayers, when I let the opinions of others dictate how I feel about myself; I can’t give up.

Yes, there will be difficult days, weeks, months, and years, but I can’t allow these difficulties to throw me off the wagon.  If anything, these are the times I need God the most.

As we continue to desire more of the Lord, God’s word promises us that He will be near and He will respond.

“Love God, all you saints; God takes care of all who stay close to him, But he pays back in full those arrogant enough to go it alone.  Be brave.  Be strong.  Don’t give up.  Expect God to get here soon.”
Psalm 31:23-24 (The Message)
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I WILL be found by you,” declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 29:13-14 (NIV, emphasis added)