Proverbs 23:7, "For as (a man) thinketh within himself, so is he..."(ASV)
Hope is an amazing power: with it, men conquer great feats, overcoming insurmountable obstacles...without it, they give in to a slow, agonizing, defeat.
Florence May Chadwick, the first woman who attempted to swim the 26 miles between Catalina Island and the California coastline. Fifteen hours after Florence began her chartered swim, a heavy fog set in, making it impossible to see the shoreline. Florence told her mother, who was in one of the boats following to ensure her safety, that she didn’t think she could make it. She continued to swim for one more hour before asking to be pulled out. Sitting in the boat, she discovered she was only one mile from her destination. "Two months later, Chadwick tried again. This time was different. The same thick fog set in, but she made it because she said that she kept a mental image of the shoreline in her mind while she swam." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_May_Chadwick)
Friends, I want to encourage you today to see your "shoreline"...to envision your end destination. Don't ever give up. Remember Who it is that called you. Hold fast to what He promised. Never forget Who you serve.
Romans 8:28-32 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" (NIV)
Beloved, we are NOT alone. No matter how tired we are...no matter how thick "THE FOG" of our life sets in, attempting to destroy our hope...If we keep the Lord ever before us...remembering His promises... envisioning our end destination, we will press on through our chartered course of life and reach our destined finish line!
DON'T GIVE UP! KEEP ON SWIMMING! God IS FOR US! And, IF GOD IS FOR US...who can stand against us?
PRAYER: Father, thank You for the hope we have in You. Thank You that You are for us! Wow. You truly are an amazing God. We love You. Empower us to serve You. Encourage us with Your presence. In Jesus name we pray, amen.