My four year old son and I begin the day like most families; hit the snooze on the alarm clock once, okay twice; peel ourselves out of bed and get ready for the day.  Colton knows he has to brush his teeth, put his pj’s in the laundry and get dressed.  If he does that quickly he will have time to watch a little “Thomas the Train” or “Handy Manny.”  That sounds easy enough; however, Colton is not a morning person on weekdays.  It’s a very interesting phenomenon that he can wake up bright and cheerful at 6 a.m. on Saturday, but that is another blog.

This is a routine we have been working on for a while, and this morning I felt like we had really made headway.  Colton did everything to get ready and also had some extra time to watch his favorite show.  I was really feeling thankful for the progress of our morning, that is, until I saw the bus pull up in front of our house.  I made a dash for our garage door to alert the bus driver we were “all ready,” but it was too late.  By the time I opened the garage she was gone.  I caught myself saying out loud, “We were doing so great until now.”  We started great, we just didn’t finish strong.

Our lives can be a lot like a morning routine.  In the race of our life, we see we may have had more passion for the talents and gifts God blessed us with earlier in our life.  Much like in a marathon it is easier when you are first starting out, but no one wins a medal for starting a race.  We have to finish and finish strong.    Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  If you are like me and are feeling a bit worn, keep going.  Here is some more encouragement for us from Isaiah 40:29-31. ”He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Let’s not miss the bus.  Let’s finish the race strong!

One Response to "Don’t miss the bus!"

  • Karmen Farrington says:

    First, I just want to say you are absolutely beautiful…your faith has persevered, much like Paul. I have been reading the book of Acts; I first remember reading it and the stories about Paul when I was about 12 and was captivated. You go, girl!
    Second, I have had two kids; both are grown and adults now, but were so different and are still so different. My son, was up and could get dressed and ready for school by himself almost every morning from the time he was in first grade; my daughter, another story. I love them both so much, but she is the organized one and has been assisting her boss (wherever she works) to get things done and she has all the facts to prove a case when it becomes necessary. I am the first to say, everyone has a talent, even in the tough times, they will find their way.

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