Family Connection May 28, 2017

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Hebrews 12:1-3  1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 

The Bible actually says it isn’t smart to compare ourselves to other people.  II Corinthians 10:1212  We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.  It isn’t smart to focus on who we are in light of who others are.  Our eyes only need to be on One person for self-worth and value and direction.  It isn’t about how we stack up to others.  It is about pursuing what God has for us as individuals.

Each of us has a God-assigned lane to run in.  My lane isn’t your lane.  Your lane isn’t my lane. So regardless of how well you run or don’t run, my lane has nothing to do with your lane, but my lane has everything to do with me and what God has set out for me to become and accomplish. Therefore, I don’t measure myself by you or your life or your performance, but only by the standards and goals that God has in mind for me. 

When I get that, I don’t have to be threatened by your success or minimized by your achievement.  I can rejoice with you, be happy for you and still run in my lane the race that God has marked out for me.  Also, if I see you struggling, I can lend a hand to help you get back up and get into your own lane without thinking that if I do, you will somehow threaten my success!  

Here are some tips for running in your own lane: 

1.     Get in your own lane.  Hebrews 12:1  I have an assigned lane for an assigned race.  I can’t win your race. You can’t win mine.  We need to realize we aren’t competing with anyone for anything God has for us. 

2.     Look at Jesus.  Hebrews 12:2  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” 

The way to avoid the comparison trap is to get our eyes fixed on Jesus.  Notice how verse 2 highlights how Jesus endured the cross.  He made it through the tough times.  He knows how to navigate through life’s trials.  He has become victorious and is seated at the Father’s right hand. He has crossed the finish line. 

3.     Run with purpose.  I Corinthians 9:26 “Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.”

We need to take this race seriously.  We can’t be lackadaisical or random about our approach to this race.  We need to run with purpose on purpose.  How can we make a difference as we run? How has God gifted us as individuals?  When we compare ourselves to others we lose sight of the fact that we have a specific job to do for the Lord.  When we compare ourselves to others we may conclude we aren’t doing enough, and then we spread ourselves so thin with all kinds of activity to the point that we don’t really make a significant impact in any one area.  How can you run on purpose? 

4.     Run with perseverance to win your race.  Hebrews 12:1

We need to make a commitment to the entire race.  We need to run and not give up.  We need to make the determination that we won’t let disappointment or hurt or frustration cause us to “take our toys and go home.”  We need to push past barriers and jump over obstacles as we lean on the Lord and stay focused on the finish line.  Listen, it isn’t how we start.  It is how we finish.  Do you want to finish well?  Do you want to hear God say one day, “Well done, good and faithful servant?!” (Matthew 25:23)

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 24  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Run to get the prize!  Run with all of your might.  Run through the storms.  Run through the hurt. Run for the crown.

Now put on those spiritual shoes and run!

Pastor Melissa

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Tami Evans
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Susan McGough
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Beverly Miller
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Danielle Williams
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Pastor Mandy Bohm
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Cassie Escue
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