Thursday, May 13, 2010

Daily Light - May 13, 2010

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"Most men will proclaim each his own goodness,
but who can find a faithful man?"
Proverbs 20:6

Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? They were challenged to race one another. Of course, everyone knows that a hare is much faster than a tortoise. The hare knew this more than any one. He had the race in the bag. The starting gun sounded for the race, and he took off like lightning. The tortoise just gradually left the line at a steady pace. The hare was so confident that he rested along the road at certain intervals, finally settling down for a nap. When he awoke, he saw the tortoise crossing the finish line ahead of him.
That is what this Scripture reminds me of. You see now how my deep theological mind works. Seriously though, there are plenty of people that at times of their life think of the Christian race as a sprint. They charge out of the gates seemingly "on fire" for God. They won't miss a service at their church. They will volunteer for any ministry that needs help. They are diligently serving God at a break neck speed. However, over time they get a little tired, bored, or burnt out. They sit down on the side lines and say that it is time to give somebody else a chance for a while. The next think you know they are almost out of the work of serving God entirely. We tend to notice the hare Christians a little more. They are exciting and emotionally stirring. We admire them for their speed and their actions. Unfortunately, when they fail, we become discouraged and think things like, "If they could fail, any one could." Maybe we need to get our eyes off of the hare Christians and realize that the heroes of the faith are tortoise Christians. They simply plod away a day at the time. When a volunteer is needed for a menial task, they are there. When there is a need for someone to serve in the shadows, they are there. They give of themselves and their resources without any fanfare. They are the very description of the word faithful. Most of us don't put the words heroic and faithful together, but where would any thing of value be without people that were faithful. Tortoise Christians have their eyes on the prize ahead of them. They are not looking at what position they are in the race. Determine in your life to be faithful. Sure, there may not be a lot of people that notice, but I can guarantee you that your Heavenly Father does.
May you run your race for Christ today!

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