Leading The Hard Way
Morgan running up to me after finishing the race.
One of the things that I have always had to work at overcoming is that “I can’t finish”. I don’t know about you but there are those certain places in my life that have challenged me to the point where I just feel weak and beat up. I have had the privilege in my life to be involved in sports since I was six years old and I have experienced many times where I just wanted to quit. It was almost four years ago that I was able to run in the PF Chang’s Half Marathon. During that race at about mile eleven I just did not want to go on, my legs hurt, my chest hurt, my feet hurt, and all I wanted to do was stop. But I knew that at the finish line was my family and friends, I knew that at the end of the line I was going to be able to rest.
Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT) So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs.  Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.
God our Father is not only one that disciplines but He also is a coach that pushes us to our limits. Notice how we are to take a new grip with our tired hands and to stand firm on our shaky legs. We are going to be in places in our life where we are going to just feel like we can’t go on and that we are just to tired to make it. But God is telling us that we are not going to accomplish this life on our our strength in fact it says that in our weakness that HE is strong. The only way that we are going to make it is to rely on the coach to enable to follow the right path. The other side of this is that those who follow after us have a path to follow. That as fathers and husbands we have wives and children that are going to follow after us. So what type of path are you following and what are you leaving for your kids to follow? Because as we live our lives we need to see that we are leading the hard way for our families. I know that over the last couple of months I have been able to hear stories of sons that are choosing not follow their fathers paths because of the damage that has been done to them. I have heard from wives that have been damaged by their husbands and these women have had to make life altering choices to get off the path that they were on.
Praise God we have a coach that had lead the way and left us a path to follow through Jesus Christ. I pray that this week you are able to grab with hands that have been strengthened and legs that have been restored in the strength that only comes from being with the ultimate coach Jesus.