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    The Overwhelmed & The Able

    1 Corinthians 9:24-27
    Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize…No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

    I remembered the famous childhood fable of “The Tortoise and The Hare” and decided to rename it, “The Overwhelmed and The Able.” At first glance it’s easy to think the tortoise is the one overwhelmed because he’s the slowest moving one in the race, but in reality the hare was overwhelmed by his emotions enabling the tortoise to walk in victory.

    Have you ever let your emotions give you a false confidence? You showed up but mentally you gave up. The hare knows what its like to be so busy running after his feelings he lost focus on running the race. His eye wasn’t on the finish line but on how he felt and it clouded his view of reality until the reality of him losing was on the line.

    What has been clouding your view? Loss? Disappointment? Feeling unappreciated… Discontent…Unworthy…Overconfident? If you are emotionally unstable, God is able. But how will you get the trophy if you leave the race?

    Run the race don’t run away.

    So speak when you’re fearful and serve when others are sleeping.

    Perseverance is what wins the race, not talent. Attitude always beats ability.

    Are you sleeping or resting? Are you striving to GET what you want or striding TO it? Run the race instead of watching other’s pace.

    Comparison of others time or journey will always make you fall behind on your purpose.

    Look at your giant in the face and say, “I’ll race you,” because what you speak about your situation determines the outcome. If you speak it in faith, God will bring it to action.

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