Running the Race

So I am a doer!!  An I have to be busy ALL THE TIME kind of person.  I am constantly running to the next thing, the next ministry, the next way to give, the next person to help.  And I will ALWAYS do this, because God doesn’t stop, the world doesn’t stop spinning and we need more LIGHT.  But sometimes, sometimes I feel like God says Whoa! Take it down a notch Vicki.  Because you see I will feel guilty if I’m not doing all the things.  If I am just cleaning toilets and folding laundry and helping my husband run his business, that’s not good enough.  I am supposed to be doing more, more kingdom things, more things that really matter.  But God says stop it.  He says you are doing kingdom things. Every thing you do is kingdom work.  Because God and our lives and the earth and all the peoples, we are one thing, intertwined for his goodness.  And so whether we are changing diapers or picking up toys or vacuuming or entering payroll, we are all good enough and we are all doing kingdom work.  And we should never feel guilty.  Not for one second.  That’s just dumb.  And I am so thankful that God knocks me over the head and teaches me that lesson.

 

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DARKNESS CANNOT DRIVE OUT DARKNESS; ONLY LIGHT CAN DO THAT. HATE CANNOT DRIVE OUT HATE; ONLY LOVE CAN DO THAT. -MLK

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-Bruenning13-160And I know that as mom’s of littles this can be a lonely time and we can feel not good enough.  All day long you listen to your littles and you clean for them and cook for them and you don’t have a ton of adult interaction and so you feel a little but less than.  You long to do more with your life, for your life to MATTER.  But God whispers in our crazy mom heads that we are good enough and worthy enough.  That whatever work we are doing is beautiful and amazing and for him.  Because we are enough just because we ARE.  He created us and said we were good.  He lives in us and that is enough.  We can just be.  We don’t have to strive to be something more. We are FREE to be who he created us to be.  And so we need to run our own race.  Just ours, not anyone else’s. And if that involves cleaning pee off the floor or teaching a bunch of kids, it is ALL GRACE and ALL GOOD.

There are times when we have to run our race looking straight ahead, not focusing on what others are doing or saying to us but focusing only on what God speaks to us.  We need to find our JOY and worth in HIM not from others approval. Because face it we live in a broken world and people will always let us down.  But there is grace for that.  My sister and I were talking about the seasons of life and how we need to be FOR each other and CHAMPION each other in every season. So whether it is raising babies, moving to different places, getting involved in new ministries, any and all changes in life, we need to celebrate each other in this.  We aren’t all the same, we aren’t supposed to be.  It is so fun to sit back and watch God work through his people and feel free to BE who you BE and celebrate everyone else.

So thankful for God’s grace and freedom.  Let’s run a good race today.

 

But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.  1 Corinthians 12:24-26

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