Monday, July 21, 2014

Choose Determination



Psalm 119:30 (NLT) – I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.

My son reached a pinnacle this weekend in his gymnastics career.  Through hard work and determination, he qualified to compete at the US National Championships.  In words you’ll understand, this is like finishing 9th grade with high honors in May, learning all the required 10th grade material in two months and then passing the final exam in July.

He chose to train hard over the summer when workouts are usually more fun and relaxed.  He dropped out of the church mission trip and turned down a week at the beach.  Even though he was considered a long shot to qualify, he maintained focus.  As Yogi Berra reminded us a few days ago, he knew where he was going.  And he was rewarded big time.  We’re walking in the clouds, so proud of his hard work.

Our relationship with God takes this kind of determination.  Drawing closer to Jesus takes work:  Bible reading, prayer, faithful community, and service.  While it’s possible to be a casual believer, the reward of personal fulfillment comes from being determined and focused. 

Following Jesus is a way of life, making choices to adhere to biblical values when worldly ways look more fun, attending church when you’d rather sleep late or prioritizing quiet scripture reflection over 30 minutes on Facebook.  These may feel like sacrifices until you begin to experience the personal fulfillment of your choices. 

James 4:8 promises:  Come close to God, and God will come close to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

Are you actively choosing to be faithful?  Are you determined to follow Jesus?

Do you need a daily reminder to reflect on God’s Word?  Follow me on Twitter @Cathy_Chung to read a short bit of scripture to ponder.  #seedsofscripture #blogboost #determined #eyeonthegoal

2 comments:

  1. Sometimes all of us need that little push to grow closer to the Lord. Congratulations on your son having qualified for the national championships :)

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  2. First, dear Cathy, CONGRATS to your son and the proud parents!
    I would like to relate to the last line of your post and the quote from James. "...for your loyalty is divided between God and the world." It reminded of an incident I had many years ago. I was working in an Orthodox community in the south of Israel not far from Gaza. One day, I came across something I didn't understand, so I asked one of the rabbi's who was the principal at one of the schools. He looked at me a bit perplexed as if to say, "Why are you asking?" I reminded him that I am secular. "No, he said, "between you and God you may be secular, but between you and your fellow Men/Women, you are Ultra-Orthodox." I think that answers your question. Thank you for the opportunity to share a memory. HUGS <3

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