Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lessons from the Apostles

I just finished studying "The Acts of the Apostles" for the second time with BSF. At the end of the year, leaders were asked to write a letter to our teaching leader, sharing some thoughts and ways that we've been changed this year through the study. This is my letter:


The Acts of the Apostles Marathon is almost over. We’ve finished 26 miles and have just a fraction left to go. Little did I know when this year started that I’d be running a different kind of race. The trials I have faced have tested and stretched me beyond my own limits. But God held me in the palm of His hand. At times, the course changed. I told God “but I didn’t train for THIS!” There were legs of my race when He slapped a blindfold on me. And I whined, “but I can’t SEE!” But He gently whispered to me, “Even the darkness is not dark to Me. Take my hand. Keep running.”

And so I ran. And ran. And ran. I stumbled and fell. Many times. I took my eyes off God. I tried to take some steps on my own power. And He kept drawing me back. I lifted my eyes and gazed at Him. I gave myself grace when I stumbled and celebrated the successes He offered along the way. God has given me courage and boldness as I have tried to bring Him glory on this blindfolded race. I don’t know that I’ll ever understand why God allowed the events of this year to happen, but I know that I’m not longer the person I was last August when the Acts Marathon began.

So now, the finish line is in sight. Tomorrow I will be submitting a letter that will change a lot of things. I have absolutely no idea where the next race will take me. I don’t know what injuries I’ll find along the way. But I do know that I never race alone.

Thank you for coming alongside me this year. I could hear your words of encouragement cheering me along the way. Whatever race you may find yourself running, I hope you hear these same words echoing in your heart as you run:

Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.


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