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Day 40: Manic Monday


Manic Monday~

Rushing

to get everything done

before Friday,

but all in one day.

Moving as fast as

I can

because that is the only way I know how to move,

but it always slows me down

because while I am

Rushing

I am creating more of a mess

that I have to

Rush

to clean up

so that I will get everything done.

Rushing~

"a sudden forward motion, or a surge or onslaught."

Rushing~

A Race.

What are you Rushing to get done?

What is your finish line that you are focused on?

We are told that life is a race

in Hebrews 12:1

and how to run it~

"let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us".

Perseverance~

It is a determination, unhurrying and yet undelaying,

which goes steadily on and refuses to be deflected.” (Barclay)

Perseverance~

Patient Endurance.

The same

Perseverance

Jesus had as

He entered into Jerusalem

the last week of His Life,

that began

Holy Week~

it was the best of times, and the worst of times.

What if Jesus rushed to the cross?

What if He raced right from the cradle to the cross

with nothing in-between~

No walking on water

No healing the brokenhearted

No temptation in the dessert

No rejection

No __________.

But Jesus

took

His time

as

He walked this earth

with

Patient Endurance

so He could

walk this last week of

His life

with

Patient Endurance.

showing us how it is done.

Jesus' eyes were fixed on the finish line~

on the cross,

well not really because

His eyes were fixed on

The Joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2)~

The Joy

that was to happen after the cross.

The Joy

that He didn't rush to make happen.

The Joy

that put Him on the cross.

The Joy

as He felt every nail that the soldiers didn't even rush to drive into Him.

The Joy

as He cried out in pain to His Father.

The Joy

that He didn't rush through

as

He waited three days

before

He rose.

All for

The Joy

as

"He endured the cross" (Hebrews 12:2)~

Patient Enduring

so that we

can

Patiently Endure

as we walk from

our the cradle to our cross.

Our cross~

where we get to nail whatever is hindering, and weighing us down~

"let us throw off everything that Hinders and the sin that so easily entangles." Hebrews 12:1

"But there are also things that may not be sin (every weight) but are merely

hindrances

that can keep us from running effectively the race God has for us."(Guzik)

Rushing

Hinders~

because

if Jesus

Rushed

it would have hindered us

from ever experiencing real

Joy!

Let's

finish strong this week

because

Jesus

finished strong this week

&

Fast

from

Rushing

in our thinking

in our being

in our doing

by

"fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:2

Who is our finish line,

Our Joy

Who enables us to

do one thing at one time

because

He

did the

One thing

One time

to save us

for

Once.

Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 1-3

So why are you

Rushing?

1st Pound: Self

2nd Pound: Complaining and Blame

3rd Pound: Chaos

4th Pound: _____________

5th Pound : Judgement

6th Pound: Distractions

7th Pound: Jealousy

8th Pound: DIS

9th Pound: Procrastination

10th Pound: Fear

11th Pound: Temporary

12th Pound: Frustration

13th Pound: Anxiety

14th Pound: I Don't Wanna

15th Pound: Forsaken

16th Pound: Control

17th Pound: Meaningless

18th Pound: Unimaginable

19th Pound: Despair

20th Pound: Knowing

21st Pound: Trees

22nd Pound: Thinking Less of Self

23rd Pound: Our Clothes

24th Pound: What Was

25th Pound: _______________

26th Pound: Unwholesome Talk

27th Pound: Uncomplicated

28th Pound: Shame

29th Pound: Worry

30th Pound: The Past

31st Pound: Un-Mattered

32nd Pound: _____________

33rd Pound: Down

34th Pound: Thinking

35th Pound: Anger

36th Pound: Waiting for God

37th Pound: Un-Healed

38th Pound: Doing Nothing

39th Pound: Little Wants

40th Pound: Rushing


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