A thought: I saw the movie “Forrest Gump” when it was in the theater and watched a little boy being ridiculed for wearing braces on his legs, I felt so sorry for him. As a crowd of bullies was chasing Forrest, Jenny, his close girl friend, was yelling to the top of her voice “RUN FORREST RUN!” He was running for his life and as he ran the braces began to fall away from his legs, all the while Jenny continued to yell encouragement to him! I was overwhelmed and burst into crying out loud tears. Why did it hit me that way? Because in this life there have been many times that I identified with Forrest and other times that I was Jenny, calling out encouragement to someone who seemed to be sinking. We all go through heart aches/breaks for one reason or another and I have heard it all from abusive, alcoholic mates, victims of rape, rent due with no money, no groceries, to the heartbreak of a sweetheart saying they can’t “do this anymore”! I have been the encourager and the encouragee! Reminds me of an old song from my radio days by Joni Mitchell, “Ive looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow its life’s illusions I recall I really don’t know life at all.” Looking at life from both sides can give you perspective on what the “other” side is thinking, meaning: When you are in a disagreement with someone, honestly try to put yourself in their shoes to see if they are really being unreasonable. Think about the way a lot of people blame God for everything that goes wrong in their life, from bad relationships to losing a job. Maybe you actually did something to bring it on, yes that is possible! Jesus gave His life for us, why would He want us to live in misery. Hebrews 12:1-3 “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” When I think of the people who have gone on before us, like my daddy, watching and looking over the ramparts of heaven, I can almost hear them calling encouragement out to me “RUN Harolene, RUN!” So I pick up myself up and keep moving! God was talking to Jeremiah, 12:5 “So, Jeremiah, if you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can’t keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood? I think He might be asking us that same question today! As we read the news and see so many things going wrong in the world and all around us, up close and personal, if we want to give up now, what would happen if you were to face a terrible tragedy such as the floods, fires, earthquakes or tornadoes? What if your dearest loved one died? We have to learn to put our hand and our cares in God’s hand, 1 Peter 5:6-7 So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. I don’t want to be a “downer” I am encouraging you to “keep on keeping on”, to “stay steady in the boat”, (quotes courtesy my granddad and dad respectively) now for mine, “Just be strong, don’t give up, and trust God.” I read something that caught my attention it was “If at first you succeed, try something harder!” Now that is another take on it, isn’t it? I am using this devotion to call out to you saying “Don’t give up! RUN READER RUN!”
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Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in! View all posts by harolene
2 Replies to “Run Forrest Run!”
Ohhhhhhhh, How I’m Running in God’s Race! AND, after reading this powerful posting it makes me want to gird up this morning and restart by “Running even more diligently” than I’ve ever done before…I’m taking these words to heart Harolene ~ “RUN READER RUN”!
Talk about a shot of adrenaline ~ yep, with every posting you write my friend! Keep it coming!!!!!
If we are running partners we can encourage each other !! Keep on keeping on!!