How does Your Garden Grow in the Race of Life?
Did you know that Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India was a gardener? Ok, well perhaps not a gardener like you may be thinking, but she certainly understood the principle of seed sowing. She began her life race in ministry with very little resources, yet upon her death, she was a world known figure. It is told that when she informed her superiors that she held three pennies and a dream from God to build an orphanage they scoffed and said, ”You can’t build an orphanage with three pennies”¦with three pennies you can’t do anything.” She replied by smiling, I know, but with God and three pennies I can do everything.”
Her small beginnings certainly gave no sign that she would reach such a great influence as she continued to press forward in the race of life. Mother Teresa began with a seed of faith and she held onto it tightly not allowing her eyes to stray from her goal. As her seed grew her endurance strengthened as she continued to press forward in the race of life. With God, small blessed things can certainly become great.
Gardening’s Top 10
While on the topic of seeds, I recently came across the Top Ten Things Learned from Gardening written by Dr. Allen R. Rumble.
10. We really do “reap what we sow”. Good seeds bear good fruit.
9. Without rains and storms, there is no growth – no fruit is produced.
8. When weeding, be careful! We can’t always tell the difference between a nasty weed and a beautiful flower.
7. Deep roots are a good thing. Without them, we’ll wither and die.
6. Pruning and trimming, as painful as it seems, works to our advantage.
5. In gardening, as in life, cheating does not work. Short-cuts, slipshod efforts and neglect always show up in the quality of our garden.
4. Like anything worthwhile, beautiful gardens require attention, hard work, and commitment.
3. We cannot rush the harvest. Bearing fruit takes time and patience. Premature fruit is almost always sour.
2. Gardening and growing is a lifetime experience. We can experience growth and beauty until the day we die.
- Fertilizer happens! In fact, nothing much grows without it.
Seeds, Gardens, and Races
So, what do seeds and gardening have in common with the daily life race we run? They all begin small, involve hard work, and don’t end until the final harvest. These three things are also the life of a Christian. Our faith begins as a small seed that grows over time and as we press forward to reap the rewards of the harvest there is some difficult work to toil through. We must give up things that may endanger our relationship with God to run the race with strength and perseverance. Â But we are not left to our own devices for as the Bible tells us and Mother Teresa echoed; with God, we can do everything.
As Christians, we are running toward a heavenly reward gathering others on our race. We can’t allow anything to take our eye off the goal or we may stumble. It is only by keeping our gaze upon Him that we can prevent our eyes from straying to ourselves or the circumstances surrounding us. Christ stands at the finish line of our race so we should be running to Him, always keeping Him in our sight.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)
2 Things Running the Race Requires
Since, the Christian life takes hard work, self-denial, and preparation, the race requires 2 things to keep pressing forward; purpose and discipline. By focusing on your purpose, the goal of a relationship with Christ; the daily disciplines of prayer, study, and worship help keep you going. Without these two things driving you forward it is inevitable that you will stumble and not have what you need to see through to the end of the race.
You can help strengthen your endurance in the race by forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Press on toward the heavenly goal which Jesus calls us to, using all the available resources He provides. The Holy Spirit is always with you as you move forward racing to the finish line so don’t take your eye off the goal.
Be challenged today to keep Christ in your heart and on the horizon no matter what is going on in your world or the world around you. Hold tightly to your convictions by remembering the faithful followers before you. Allow your motivation to strengthen by leaving yesterday behind and focusing on the present and the future to keep pressing on. And lastly, find comfort in knowing that you hold all the tools and resources needed to make it to the finish line successfully, for with God everything is possible.
Love in Christ,
Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.
What are your thoughts? Join Us in the Discussion
Do you find the race of life difficult sometimes? Is your eye consistently on the goal of reaching Christ? Join in the discussion on keeping your eye on the goal while pressing on to the end of the race.