Posted on August 16, 2013
Dedication, Effort and Determination
In my recent book, I talk about 7 Steps we can take to create a ‘shift’ in in our lives and in support of NightShift: promote the book, donate clothing, support Sisters Thrift Boutique, volunteer, contribute financially, pray and smile. The number 7 is back as we find ourselves in the countdown for the Surrey International World Music Marathon with only 7 weeks to train our bodies before the big day. Our Walk the Walk appeal is for anyone who wants to be part of Team NightShift, to raise funds and awareness for that someone we each know who is troubled by poverty, addictions, mental health problems or homelessness and unable to live the healthy lifestyle that the Surrey Marathon is promoting in our city. On Sunday, September 29, 2013, Team NightShift hits the streets of Surrey in a morning shift… I am reminded of what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:24 –
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”
Is Paul talking about us striving to be the first one to step over the finish line? Or is he talking about how we should run the race with discipline, determination and sacrifice – and strive to finish well? Doesn’t this parallel what is expected of us in our day-to-day ‘faith walk’? Or perhaps Paul is talking about us not so much winning the race but rather the kind of dedication and effort it takes to ‘take the first step’ and make the effort. We can’t create a ‘shift’ or ‘change’ in our lives or for those around us without us taking the first step. It also takes teamwork. We know we can’t walk our faith walk alone, just as it takes a team of support to reach out and help the one person we each know… Are you willing to be part of Team NightShift, to walk or run to help that someone? My sister, Susan, jokingly says, “A body at rest should remain at rest.” I appreciate her statement. My lethargic body doesn’t want to take that first step today to train for the 5K. But, I know if I’m to achieve my goal, I have to get off my derrière to take the first step. So I’m going for it. I’m hitting the track today with a vengeance! Body – you are not the ‘boss of me’.