Going the Distance

Still waiting, mostly patiently, on my computer. Waiting for discs to be sent in the US so I can then have them sent to me. Looking at another week at least, probably more like 10 days. In the meantime, sneaking in quick fixes while Troy is off his.

I am not always very good at the long distance race thing. I tend to sprint, enthusiastically, for maybe 50 yards before the reality of what I have done sinks in, and I give up and flop down in the grass for a nice nap. I'm better with the short-term sometimes. This week I have been frustrated again with the never-ending cycle of laundry, of trying to get the kids to keep their rooms somewhat tidy, etc. etc. etc. I could feel a wave of chore-charts (which are still on my to-do list!) coming on.

A few days ago I read this:
Hebrews 12:1-3 (The Message)
Discipline in a Long-Distance Race
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Even though this is talking about the spiritual race, it helped me have a better perspective on the monotony of domestic routine as well. I know that Jesus can make a difference in every aspect of my life, if I just let Him. And I know that studying His story will help me be better at maintaining a steady pace walked by His side instead of all this pell-mell sprinting and crashing. Organization and chore charts are all well and good, but it's really just more of Jesus that I need to keep this house running smoothly!

I'm off to enjoy our day off!



Seven years ago today, we welcomed Nicolas into our family. He joined us weighing a hefty 9 pounds 1 ounce, and he fills our life with lots of smiles, giggles and hugs.