Are you a procrastinator? I am. I also tend to be a perfectionist. A personality test that I took one time said that, “I put off finishing projects until later because I want to perfect them." Doing things with excellence is important, but it can also be a trap so that tasks never get finished.
My late husband, Doug, was a strong finisher. He was an amazing athlete and ran not only marathons (26.2 miles), but also ultramarathons (usually 100 mile races). In these races, runners just keep going. They don't sleep and only take short breaks to eat or drink. In 2006, he ran his fastest one-hundred mile ultramarathon in 19 hours 20 minutes and 19 seconds. It was the seventh fastest time in North America that year. Often he ran races with "negative splits." That means that he ran the second half of the race faster than the first half. Usually, it’s the other way around. People get tired and slow down toward the end. But he actually managed to speed up at the finish.
I think that's what God wants us to do—negative splits. So many people start out with promise and then lose their way when life gets tough. We start something that God wants us to do, but then we get busy and other things take priority. We intend to get back to things, but never do. Things that appear to be "urgent" take away our attention from what is important. Or, sometimes we think what we do it's not good enough, so we dread working on it. That last twenty-percent of the project is often the hardest to complete.
Is there something that God has called you to do that you have not completed? Create an action plan on how you are going to complete that project. Take out your calendar and schedule time to do it. If you schedule it, it will happen. Otherwise, it tends to be a nice intention. Let's get into the habit of finishing what we start.
I want to obey God and finish the tasks He lays out before me. At the end of my life I want to say:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV)..
I want to FINISH STRONG. What about you?
Published on Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 11:17 AM CDT
“Would you like to pray to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior?”
I remember the day like it was yesterday. With five minutes left in my high school freshman English class, the teacher allowed students to chat until the bell rang. My friend, Leslie, bypassed the small talk and asked the question that changed my life forever.
What did I have to lose? I was a fatherless child with a mentally unstable mother and was headed down the wrong path. I said, yes, and prayed to receive Jesus Christ into my heart. My life was never the same. I had hope and joy for the first time. My grades went up and I became active in girls sports. Leslie didn’t stop at the prayer. She and her family continued to disciple me and took me to church with their family every Sunday until I graduated from high school.
That’s why I’m passionate about evangelism and about sharing my faith. One little question changed my world and it can transform the world of another, if we boldly ask the question when the opportunity arises. What I realize now is that God had plans for me but used my friend as a conduit to shift my compass to His direction, which eventually included a life in full-time ministry as a Christian author, speaker and Director of Special Projects for Roaring Lambs.
Be ready to pop the question!
Published on Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 9:08 AM CDT
As Christians, we called of God to be gentle as lambs, yet be like lions roaring the truth of an extraordinary God. We are told to, “Declare God’s glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. Tell of all His wonderful acts. Tell of the power of God’s awesome works.” We are told to roar about God; we really are born to roar.
Are you ready to share what God has done for you? If someone asked, “How do you know Jesus is real?” How would you answer?
Once I prayed and asked God to show me the missed opportunities to share Him with others in one day—the open doors of conversation, when it would have been easy to say something about God. It was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever had.
He said to me:
“Oops, you missed that one. “
“Oh, there goes another opportunity…”
“You could have said …”
“She needed that word from you, that you didn’t give her…”
So now, I try to stay ahead of the opportunities, being more aware of those moments when I can share something about God, His Word, His love, mercy, forgiveness, the power of prayer, or a personal experience I have had with God. Times when I can roar about God.
People need to see the reality of God in other lives. They might not go to church or read the Bible, but they will listen to someone share how they know God is real. We have Testimony Workshops to help Christians put together their story for God’s glory. It is also the reason we have the radio show, A Time to Dream, to help Christians share their story with the world through short wave radio and the Internet. It is why we publish Stories of Roaring Faith, which is a great collection of testimonies.
What are you doing to Roar? Can Roaring Lambs help you be better prepared to give the reason for the hope that you have?
One way to roar is to write a Guest Blog for Roaring Lambs, 500 words or less, containing at least one Scripture, roaring about God. Do it now and email us at info@RoaringLambs.org
Published on Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:07 AM CDT
Watch for our new Born to Roar Guest Blog coming very soon.
- Our Good God
- How God is at Work in Your Life
- A Witnessing Experience
- Something Scripture has Taught You
- Must be 500 words or less.
- Contain at least one Scripture.
- Include an Interesting Title.
Along with your blog, submit an 80-word bio with a Publicity photo to: email@example.com
*Roaring Lambs has the right to edit any submission.
Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 5:41 PM CDT
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