God Is A Self-Starter


I've been to the gym now several days in a row this week, and I have an appointment to meet my trainer today, who promised me she would give me workouts to complete over the weekend. 

Baby steps, man.  Baby steps. 

The problem is, I'm in that stage of things where what I know and how I feel are not connecting too well.  I know that I am doing the right thing, and I also know that at some point I'll regain the stamina, strength, and endurance I lost after months of not doing much of anything by way of exercise.

BUT at this moment, I don't feel all that great.  I hurt everywhere.  I am all too aware of how soft I've become and I'm fighting despair over the fact that it's going to take so stinking long to get back to where I was before all of this.

I am glad that I've got someone holding me accountable because, if left to my own devices, I would probably throw my hands up in the air at this point and go get a bunch of tacos.

Sometimes, when we are faced with the enormity of the things that need to change in our life or in our world, we are tempted to give up or to leave the change to someone else.  The goals that we have in mind may seem so far out of reach that they feel impossible to attain. 

It's a good thing that God doesn't think like we do.  I read this awesome quote by theologian Walter Bruggeman today that I'd like to share with you:
God is a self-starter who starts the world again when we can see no newness on the horizon.  The good news is surely an urgent word of assurance in our time because our society and our world are close to shutdown and no one can see ahead.  But women and men of faith know otherwise.  
So, if you feel like you can't see the horizon today... If you feel as though the change you are seeking is nowhere in sight... If you feel like there is no way that you will be able to achieve your goals...

Know that you are not alone.  God has it all under control and is ready to start your world again.  Let that good news sink in, and let it motivate you to stand up, and get moving. 

And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen. 

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