Time to tune in to 5 Minute Friday, with The Gypsy Mama. Every Friday readers write for 5 minutes about a chosen topic, but they are not allowed to edit their work, back track or over think it. Today’s topic is Path, so here are my 5 unedited minutes:
Our journey is scattered with so many incredible memories. From discovering You at the age of 10 to only starting to comprehend your love for me at the (almost) age of 30. You have touched my heart more times than I can recall, and each time overwhelmed me with the sweetness of your Spirit.
Our path is filled with memories of your faithfulness. You have always been the only constant in our walk. I have faltered so many times, yet I can only marvel at how patient you are with me…how much you love me. No words can express how deeply you are ingrained into my soul, how I can never be separated from you. It fills me with the deepest sense of peace and contentment. Nothing else matters except You. Your presence satisfies me.
“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You do hold my right hand.” Psalm 73:23
Athletes cannot compete very well if they are constantly looking behind or around themselves to compare their race to the other athletes. They also won’t run very focused if they look to the spectators to see if they are enjoying themselves! Athletes need to clear their minds of all distractions in order to achieve the best possible result.
In the same way, as a Christian, you need to clear your mind of any comparison to other Christians around you. God has planned a unique ‘race’ or journey for you to enjoy, which is unlike any other person’s. Don’t waste your time fretting about how insignificant your are in comparison to others, or think you have accomplished more than they have.
If you are a preacher, don’t worry about the congregation and if they are enjoying themselves. The best you can offer the world around you is to look to Jesus, and make Him the sole focus of your Christian journey. He will finish the work that He started in you, and naturally touch everyone you come into contact with.
“Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection].” Heb 12:1-2