Busy not so holiday weekend, had to work Thursday and Friday nights and had Mrs alfa6's family over on Saturday afternoon. As an added bonus my Dad was up for the Turkey Day festiviites as well. Did not get to spend to much time with alfa6 Sr :-(.
Hoping everybody had a great Holiday weekend egven if mine was only so-so.
November 26, 2006
READ: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it. Colossians 4:17
When I was in college, I ran on the cross-country team. In the final event of the season, the states small colleges competed against each other, with about 75 runners in the event. We ran the 5K course in the rain and mud on a cold November day.
As I neared the finish line, I spied a runner from one of the other schools just a short distance ahead of me. He became my goal. I ran as hard as I could and passed him just as I crossed the finish line. That last dash meant I finished 42nd, which seemed a lot better than 43rd! It meant our team finished one position higher in the final standings than the team represented by the runner I had beaten. The point? I didnt give upI ran all the way through the finish line.
This is probably what Paul had in mind as he wrote to Archippus, one of his young ministry protégés: Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it (Col. 4:17). When we feel discouraged and want to quit, its good to remember that the Lord who entrusted us with the privilege of spiritual service will give us the grace and strength to carry out that service. Let us run with endurance (Heb. 12:1) so that we will receive the imperishable crown (1 Cor. 9:25).
Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 27-29; 1 Peter 3