Hitting the Wall

My wife and I watched a great movie this weekend. Run Fat Boy Run. It’s about a guy that leaves his pregnant wife at the altar for a whole lot of jacked up reasons, numero uno cause he’s a poser, but mainly he’s scared that he’s not enough of a man for her. We pick the story up 5 years later where he is working to get her back and through the course of the story realizes that he needs to change, to commit to what he says he’s going to do and be and it’s all played out around this idea of him running his first marathon (in 3 weeks, having never run before!!)

I digress…

Towards the end there’s this scene where the main character “hits the wall” in his first marathon. Now, I’ve never hit the wall in a run, but I’ve definitely hit it in life.

Paul writes, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ.”

There’s the wall.

This is one of those ancient texts that just isn’t easy for us to swallow. I say I believe those words and yet when push comes to shove, I don’t really act like it. Rubbish? Do I really consider everything in my life as second to Christ? And not just second but far enough down the priority list to be counted as LOSS, liability, crap? That’s what’s so hard. I believe the verse, but don’t always connect that belief to my actions. What I’ve got to remember is that I don’t have to figure it all out and I don’t have to do it all on my own. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (there’s another one of those verses…) And so I trust and push against the wall with all my might – knowing that in reality, it’s not my strength that will cause the wall to crumble but His.

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