As we enter November, more and more of you will be wrapping-up what I pray was a blessed season of training, racing, and serving together. As you transition from your race season to the post/off-season, I encourage all of you to take some time and celebrate the Lord’s blessings from this past season, as well as enjoy some rest and a period of unstructured fun activity. I also encourage you to intentionally explore how to invest some of your extra time (created by less training) in activities that will nurture your walk with the Lord and bless others.
In Ephesians 5:15-17, Paul urges us, “Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise— making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” As we celebrate and rest, now is also a time to walk wisely and redeem the time. May we invest our off-season in discerning and following the Lord’s will!
What does this look like for you? Perhaps it involves spending additional time with your Heavenly Father through prayer and time in the His Word. It likely involves spending some extra time loving and serving your family and close friends who get less of your time while you focus on training. I encourage you all to look for ways to get more involved in your local congregations, whether serving the youth, greeting on Sunday mornings, or humbly accepting the most needed role in your church body. Are you willing to demonstrate additional commitment to your church family through this season? Lastly, have you considered partnering with other Christian ministries in your community, perhaps serving the homeless, loving the fatherless, or encouraging prisoners, all in Jesus’ name? There are also likely opportunities to do this with your Huddle or other local Teammates. Perhaps there’s something else I’ve missed that the Holy Spirit has put on your heart? Are you ready to faithfully move forward with that, following the Lord’s will?
May we all look for opportunities to make the most of this time individually, with our families, and with our Teammates! It may be your endurance off-season, but I’ve got a feeling the Lord has something special in mind for you during this time!
May God bless you as you answer the call of, “What now?”
For God's Glory,
Wed, October 31, 2012
by Chris Anderson filed under