Friday, March 9, 2018

Imaginary Hurdles

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Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.

1 Peter 3: 15

When was the last time someone asked you about your hope?  Is there something about your life that is noticeably different from those who live around you and do not know Jesus Christ?  If what they see is someone who thinks they are "better" than everyone else, they will not be interested in knowing why you act that way.

But if they see someone who is able to navigate the storms of life with peace in their heart and overflowing with hope for the future, they will want to know how you do it!  Your testimony is not so much what you say happened to you in the past, but what other people see of your life today!

What if there were a track and field event where the "hurdles" were imaginary.  According to wikipedia "Hurdling is the act of running and jumping over an obstacle at speed."  The winner is not only the one who can finish the race with the fastest time, but the one who knocks over the fewest hurdles.  But if those obstacles were not real, who would be interested in the outcome of the race? The obstacles in your life give testimony to the fact that you are empowered by more than your own human strength!  

Remember, no one is impressed when you jump over a "pretend" hurdle!  It is the real problems in your daily walk that reveal the real Power of God in your life!  That is a testimony that cannot be ignored and those in the world around you will ask you about your hope!

"Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me the Power to overcome the difficulties in my life, so that others may know that my Hope comes from You!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen."  

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