Greatness vs. Mediocrity--the extra mile

I am at an age where I have the privilege of evaluating and pondering and being philosophical about life. Many women I know started off well in pursuing their ideals as a woman, a Christian, a mother. Yet, along the way, culture gives us permission to compromise, at first, just a little and then more and more, until one doesn't even know how far they have come from their ideals.  I also find women who say, "I can't do this," whatever the this is--they look at themselves and their limitations and just decide it is so.

And then, of course, all of us become weary of giving and giving and giving, and this, too. leads to us becoming slack, slow, excusing ourselves.

Now I don't want you to think I do not understand all of these thoughts and feelings, I have had them many times, but I have learned that I have a bigger capacity to endure. to work hard, to cultivate faithfulness--than I ever knew. God has shown me over the years that He will help me mount up over the difficulties that I supposed were too much for me. I had just never been trained to have character and to be strong.

That is why in Hebrews we are told, "Run the race with endurance that is set before you."  Hebrews 12: 1o-2. This does not mean gutting it out and barely making it, it means running purposefully, with a good heart, with His strength. You can do more than you think.

Join me today for more thoughts about going the extra mile, pursuing excellence at and today, take a deep breath, put away the distractions and run this race of faith with renewed energy. May you be blessed.