Persevering in the “In-Between”

perseveranceYesterday I had some great thoughts while I was running and I shared on my Facebook timeline that I would share those when I had time to put them together.  So here we go…

As many of you know, we are currently in the process of seeking God’s direction. The last few months have certainly had their share of ups and downs.  We took a trip to Rochester and though that was where God was leading us.  We have had several resumes out there and with each resume – at least at the moment, we have had a closed door.  Presently, there are still several open doors and we are praying that the Lord lead us through one of those.  The question is, “What do we do in the meantime?”  How do you function?  What do you do? How do you keep going?  What do you do in the “in-between?”

My new schedule at work has put quite a crimp in my regular fitness schedule.  It has been hard to get into a routine, Each week my schedule has been tweaked and with each week I figure it out just a bit more.  It has been interesting as I get use to being on my feet for forty hours – imagine that – I know that many laypeople are saying “welcome to my world.”  Then there are the early hours – by the way I’m not complaining – I am completely grateful for the “lifeboat” that is Chick-fil-A.  I have a wonderful team that has been supportive in their thoughts and prayers.   For the first time in 17 years I am working like the “rest of the world.” I think it is good.  Too many times pastors forget what it is like.  I will admit that working at Chick-fil-A is much different than anywhere else I have worked, but still it is a physical job and not without its challenges, but yet that is where the perseverance kicks in – when you just have to keep going – no matter what.  There were days, early on that I really had to adjust and I am still adjusting but things are starting to fall into place.

That run yesterday reminded me that you just have to keep going.  Yesterday, I put on my running shoes and just ran – I knew I had to put in the mileage and I know there is more mileage to put in – I just need to persevere.  James reminds us in chapter 1 – Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

It is in the tough times – when we are tested – that we grow.  So press on through the trouble – Press on through – it is an opportunity for great joy!  Troubles bring joy. Faith brings endurance – Endurance helps us become fully developed – perfect and complete!  So Press on!

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