There is the old saying that if winter comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb. As December sat down on us a couple of days ago, and we here in Calgary were greeted with snow and cold, this old saying came to mind.
What also came to mind was my own personal spiritual journey with Christ. I understand that there are natural rhythms in life. We have seasons of growth, seasons of maturity and seasons of struggle that seem to intertwine themselves along with the daily grind. This old saying about the weather made me think about what others or even myself would say about my relationship with Christ. Did I start out strong only to fade at the end of my life? Did ever year I lived here on earth help me to gain momentum in my faith journey? How many mountains have I climbed and how many valleys have I wallowed in?
I'm not sure what will be said about my life at the end of it, but what I can influence is what is being said about my life right now. When people look at who I am, do they see Jesus? Do they see passion? Do they see faithfulness and a host of other Christ-like qualities?
My words and my actions help me to run this race we call life. My hope and prayer for you and for me is that each of us will run this race in a manner worthy of the calling we have received to partner with Christ in the restoration of our world.