Friday, March 23, 2012

Your Talents don't make you. YOU make your talents.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:10 

Your Talents don’t make you.  You make your talents.
Last night I thought about and watched a message about the kinds of people that associate with us.  One of them were the kind of people who support what you do, but do not necessarily support you.   These kind of people will be around you just as long as you support their particular interest.  If not careful this will have you believe that people are meant to be around you based on your talents and what you do.  You may mistakenly find your identity wrapped in what these people support, particularly your talents and therefore finding your worth thereof.   But it was never your talents that make who you are.  You are God's.  You are destiny’s child.  You are a world changer and re-shaper.  If that were not so, people could ridicule your talents and that would be the end of you.  But you are not what you do or have done.  You are in God WHO God says you ARE.  When you truly believe this you WILL be persecuted because many people, even Christians, don’t necessarily believe everything God says about who they are.  Many people don’t believe they are great and for that reason are quick to ridicule and try to put you down or anyone who tries to take that stance.   Listen!  If you say you are a great person.  You are  incredibly and uniquely a whole new wonderful work of God all together!  You are a prodigy!  You are a born leader and generation changer, a forerunner, a spectral,  that means you are standing and walking in who God says about who you REALLY are;  I. E.  YOU ARE STANDING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Because you are believing what God says about you!   

 People who are around you, especially the ones who son'r believe that about themselves;  find it impossible to believe that about others and can’t really relate to you.  They might will naturally latch on to anything familiar to them, perhaps your talents.  It’s not a bad thing.  But be careful.  These same people may ridicule you, don’t let that bother you, they just don’t know how to relate to you so they relate in a way that is most natural and unfortunately detrimental to themselves.  Just keep moving because you have a place. 

No one can touch you.  Remember that.  The only ones that can touch you are the ones that are where you are.   Those people power your faith and give it an instant daily jolt.  Those who persecute you, those are not theirs.  Which is why I believe Jesus said, “forgive and pray for those who persecute you.”    Pray they may too come to believe in God.  WHO you are powers what you are doing.  You power your talents.  You bless where you go.   You have a UNIQUE POWER in GREATNESS the world has never ever seen.

Don’t be surprised when people can’t wrap you around their ideas.   Stand up even taller.  The taller you stand the brighter your Righteousness shines, and the greater the opportunity for those who persecute you to come to believe they too were fearfully and wonderfully made for the greatest of greatness that only power of God's great goodness will bring for them too. 

Have a wonderful, vision filled day.  

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Seoul International Marathon 2012

My second marathon in my life.  Seoul International Marathon 2012.  I would’ve thought I would run another marathon, and in Seoul for that Matter??   God is so good.  There were some amazing things I saw and discovered while there.   In the first few kilometers I was telling God. “God  I’m ready to quit, I’m tired, I don’t know why I’m doing this.”  But then He helped to remind me of all the people who are supporting me, and on occasions, right when I wanted to give up there was someone who ran next to me and said, “Fighting” or good job!  I was very happy about that and was given enough encouragement to continue on.  There were also the crowds on the side.  I remember one man who just stood there and clapped each of us on!  It was incredible, I felt like he was the hero not us, he was the one given us strength to continue on.   One little girl on the side also looked at me and yelled “Good!”  I was encouraged by her words. 
There were also runners who were very inspirational.  I remember as I was running I saw a Korean man run past me, he had no arms, but he was doing so well.  I immediately looked at my arms and realized that it is a privilege to have our arms and our legs.  He was using what God gave him soo well!  It was incredibly inspirational for me.  

I became completely exhausted close to the half marathon.  I was seriously considering a half and stopping with that.  I thought “Yeah,  a half is ok.”  But then I knew id have to explain that to those I said I was running the full marathon, also once I crossed the half there were bananas and water.  Once I ate the bananas and drank the water, I was full of more energy and I encouraged myself saying, “I feel good”  “Now the marathon starts!”  Forgetting what was behind and pretending that I just started a half marathon right there was extremely helpful for me.  That was when I started passing people (from that time MANY MANY people were passing me because I was in the front with a lot a good runners, that was apart of the discouraging part, but my own encouragement was so helpful) 

Another encouraging thing were the people on the side, when I was low on energy I saw the crowd of young people on the side cheering..when I ran next to them to give them a high five, they cheered so loudly!  That was greatly encouraging to me and I think to them too.  I see that when you seek encouragement, encourage and cheer on others. 

I want to say thank you so much to Ryan, Emily, Mike, Ian, Denise, and Jessisca for coming and supporting.  If it wasn't for them who knows if I would have finished the entire marathon!  Jessica incredibly surprised me.  She washed my feet.  Both of my feet she washed.  She walked with me though I was walking so slowly.   I was privileged to be the first friend she knew that finished a marathon.   Ryan gave me a huge hug and Mike was with me in the beginning and prayed with me before the race.  I saw Denise and Ian at the finish and Jessica had made me a sign cheering me on!  I was so thankful for my friends.  So thankful for them.    

Like I said I never thought I would finish another marathon.  After running my first marathon last year.  I couldn't even run a mile.  I cried because it was so devastating to me.  I prayed that I would be able to run again.  Slowly especially when summer began I was able to run more distance again..soon 8 miles, soon 10.  I was so encouraged.  And this year in Korea I had been able to run everyday, I can count on my two hands how many days I had missed running this year.  I’m very thankful for that. I'm expecting great, great things for the year 2012!