They’re Cheering You On.

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There was a time in college I woke up late for my team’s 6:00 am mile run. Yep, I slept right through my alarm and rolled over in the comfort of my bed as my teammates ran the mile early in the morning. I awoke to the sound of a knock on my door. It was more like a banging. As soon as my eyes opened, suddenly the realization of where I was and where I was supposed to be hit me like sirens going off in my head. I ran to open the door and see who was banging and it was my head coach.

With my hand still on the door handle and my eyes locking eyes with my coach, I did what anyone else would have done. I slammed the door back shut. Then proceeded to run to my bathroom to try to figure out how to explain what just happened. My coach came in and followed to check on me. In the most understanding way, she simply told me to get dressed for the run and head over to the track.

When I arrived at the track, all of my teammates were still there; finished with their timed run. So I stretched and stepped up to the line…alone. My coach had a timer in her hand and told me to go when I was ready. I took off. I had so much adrenaline built up from being late and having to be timed, I ran the first lap faster than my natural pace. Lap 2 came around and I noticed myself getting tired early. Then the most interesting thing happened…

I heard the sound of my teammates cheering me on to finish. Mind you they already finished their race. Yet, two teammates joined me on the second lap and my energy picked up. My determination increased. My wind came back. Lap 3 came around and other teammates joined me and the cheers got louder. By the time I was on my last lap, my entire team was running with me pushing me to finish strong to the end.

I will never forget the power of teamwork and love in that moment of my life. I was late, I was tired, I was defeated before I even started and finished my race. Yet, I had people who went before me and cheered me on to the finish line.

Life will often happen the same way. We mess up. We get tired and our faith will get weak. Hope seems lost. Yet, scripture says that we have a cheering section ready to inspire and motivate us to the finish line. They did it. Most importantly, Christ did it and so can we.

Sometimes we win because we have strength to finish on our own. Other times we win because of who’s watching us. You’re not alone. You have teammates cheering you on!

Hebrews 11:1 also talks about the weights and sins in our lives that can slow us down and get us off track. What are you willing to give up in order to get where you are trying to go? What are the weights you need to lay aside to be the champion you need to be? It’s a daily struggle to lay aside the sin in our lives and live as the champion in Christ that we are. Paul in Romans 8 speaks about this internal battle we have that we as Christians struggle with. However, in the very next chapter we get clarity that we are winners, even if we don’t feel like it.

 

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Olympic Gold: USA Women’s 4×100 team. Photo from SB Nation.

We are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37) and there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because He has set us free from the law of sin and death (v.1-2). So when your faith gets tired and your hope seems lost, remember that you are not alone in your struggles. You have a group cheering you on to the finish line because they know you can make it. Christ already won. There’s a champion, fighter, builder, and thinker in you! Get focused again and push yourself to the limit! In Him we are winners and in our weakness, He is made strong.

It’s time to run again. Be Blessed family. Be Revealed.

 

 

 

 

From Failure to Promise

There is nothing more heartfelt and inspiring to me than someone who has overcome many odds and achieved success. I’ve been there and I’m still there. To see the determination and drive of others reach their goals, encourages me to keep running my race.

The famous Zig Ziglar once stated, “Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You’re the only one who can do it permanently.”

Winners are just ex-losers who GOT MAD. ~ Jeanne Mayo

From Failure to Promise is an unbelievable story about Dr. Cleamon Moorer and his journey of being a college flunk-out to becoming a university professor and dean. He shares his own insights, experiences, but ultimately his personal walk of faith and trust in God. Like all of the books I read and post on Revealed8, I encourage you to pick up and read too! Here are some nuggets from the book that transformed me. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

From Failure to Promise

  • The promise comes from within; it has to be harnessed, cultivated, manifested, and then realized.
  • We, the conquerors, undergo a series of setbacks only to be set up for the promise that God has in store for us.
  • Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
  • …I would hate to see you waste your talent; you can be anything in this world, if you push for it.
  • Can you envision what you want to do next?
  • Asses how your current environment serves as an inhibitor or as catalyst to the fulfillment of your goals.
  • God will show you your heart’s desire, and he will also provide you the means to fulfill your dreams.
  • Beloved, I encourage you to keep making those steps toward pursuing success.
  • When you begin pulling and searching for things that you don’t have, remember that you have God. He is, and owns EVERYTHING.
  • If you really want something worth having, you have to sacrifice for it. It may require bleeding, sweating, and even crying to get it. Just ask the Lord to help you out along the way. Take breaks, but don’t break away from it.
  • Merit and success are great to achieve. Success coupled with humility and integrity is even better.
  • Our dilemmas are God’s opportunity.
  • Understanding that God has to be the source of our strength, hope, and determination changes everything.
  • Never give up in your pursuits.
  • In your attempts to move forward remember to help bring others forward with you.
  • Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. Luke 17:33
  • POWERFUL: preparation, opportunity, will of God, enter, receive, faithful, unlimited love
  • When God calls you, you will know it, and you’ll never be able to forget it.
  • One often has to do what they have to do in order to do what they want to do; however, if you only do what you want to do, then you will never do what you have to do.
  • It is unacceptable to take a deaf ear and a blind eye to the world’s poor, sick and diseased.
  • Our greatest failure would be not to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to forgo the responsibility of making this world better than how we found it.
  • You can go as far as your faith will take you.
  • Most people who are committed to continuous growth and change will find that transformation is a life-long process.
  • My future and realizing my full promise was contingent upon my OBEDIENCE to God.
  • The pendulum does shift. Trouble can’t and will not last always.

 

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~ Winston Churchill

Winners Make Others…Winners

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If you tuned in last night to this historical match in the U.S. Open, you were probably like me, glued to the remarkable athleticism and achievements of the Williams sisters. I love this picture because it captures everything about them…sisters before anything, best friends, competitors in the spotlight, and winners in their craft. They have made each other better and it was amazing to watch Venus reach out and embrace Serena to celebrate another victory in her journey to a Grand Slam year.

It’s in our nature as human beings to be drawn to winners. It’s in us to want to be like champions or at least emulate them in some kind of way. Remember the saying, “I want to be like Mike?” Even if you didn’t play basketball you still wanted to stick your tongue out like Michael Jordan and shoot fade aways in your front yard. Or maybe you were the one who chanted Muhammad Ali’s “The Champ is here!”

We are drawn to follow champions and winners because we were created to follow the champ of all time…Jesus Christ.

This begs me to ask two simple questions that will help us in our journey to living victoriously.

  1. Who are you drawn to?

No matter what season of life you are in, you will experience challenges and adversity of some kind. There will be times that your life will be shaken to the core and you even begin to question everything. This is a time to draw closer to God. The Word of God says to draw close to God and He will draw close to you (James 4:8). The key to being victorious over all of life’s challenges is simply looking to the One who already conquered them all. Let me give you a quick recap of His record: UNDEFEATED and still on the throne. John 16:33 states, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” He will Reveal the winner in us every time and show us how we can be more than conquerors through Him if we simply draw close.

2. Who’s drawn to you?

The Williams sisters have achieved their success because they are each others best competitors. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” We all need people in our lives, whether it’s in our careers, friendships, marriages, or family that will help sharpen our blades to help fulfill purpose and dreams. So ask yourself, who’s sitting at your destiny table? Who can you chop up lofty things with and become better? Who’s sitting at your dinner table? Are you eating victory or defeat? I think you get the picture. Ultimately, we become like who we run with. Winners make others into winners and leaders run further when they run together. Be encouraged to run with champions because you are one. Be blessed! Be revealed!