Run the Race of Life with All Your Heart

Go Girl Go by Holley Gerth

I stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowd. Our eyes are all fixed on the same spot…the finish line for a half-marathon. We each watch for the ones we love. As runners come in, cheers erupt from different sections around me. Family. Friends. We’re here to offer support.

Every once in awhile, someone will round the final corner and pick up the pace. The announcer yells, “We have a sprinter!” And in those moments, the entire group of us cheer as one. Because we know what a difficult thing this is…to finish strong. 

As I watch this unfold, I think about heaven. And I imagine what it might be like when we enter there. None of us really know. But however it may turn out, I hope I arrive as a sprinter.

Can you just imagine for a moment what that would be like? You stay strong. You never give up the fight. You serve well until the day you’re done. And you cross that finish line with Jesus announcing, “We have a sprinter!” And the angels and the ones we love and the great cloud of witnesses explode with applause.

Yes, let’s run our race that way, friends. We all can do so not in our own power but because of the One who lives within us. If you’re feeling weary today, it’s okay. Your only job is not to quit. You’re stronger than you know right now. You can do this because of Jesus.

Go, girl, go.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” {Hebrews 12:1-2}

It won’t be long for any of us before we round that final bend and cross the finish line. And then we’ll celebrate forever the One who was with us and for us every step of the way. 

XOXO

Holley Gerth

You’re a Gift {Coffee for Your Heart}

 Change the World

Dear You,

I’m thinking of you wherever you are right now. Maybe you’re just starting your day and wondering what it will hold. Perhaps you’re pausing for a brief break in the middle of the chaos. Or you could be getting ready to drift off to sleep with your to-do list still undone by your side. No matter what, I hope you hold all these words we’ve shared close to your heart.

Pull them out again when the lies get loud. Write them down in other places. Share them with your friends and family so they can remind you when you forget. One of the biggest myths we believe is that we’re “the only one who feels this way.” So I hope by now you know you’re not alone. We all struggle. We all have moments of fear. We all have days when we feel like we’re not enough. And we all need each other to get through those.

Your heart is worth fighting for, my friend. You’re a woman who’s created to change the world. And you are—even on the days when you don’t see it. You’re loved, beautiful, made worthy and chosen for this specific time in history. No one can replace you. No one can even compare to you. Because there never has been and never will be another you.

God knew what he was doing when he made you. Every detail of who you are has been crafted by his hands. Even the parts you don’t understand or wish were different. So use all of who you are to bring joy to him today. And in doing so, you’ll continue to find more joy too.

You are a gift to this world.

You always have been, and you always will be.

That’s especially true for those who love you—and so many people do.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

(inspired by Prov. 4:23; Zeph. 3:17; Heb. 6:10 and adapted from If We Could Have Coffee…{ebook})

 

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Friend, You Can Rest

Rest by Holley Gerth

Dear You,

It’s okay to rest. It’s even more than okay—it’s essential. Even when it’s the hardest choice you can make. I know you can feel as if there is so much to do, and a moment of quiet can feel like something wrongfully stolen. There’s so much depending on you. How can rest be anything but selfish?

Yet rest is exactly what enables you to love well for a lifetime. I struggled with this for years until a friend gently laid her hand on my heart and whispered, “If you never get refilled, how will you be able to pour out?” You are not infinite. You are human. You have limits. Acknowledging that is not selfish; it’s worship. Rest says to God and to our wild world, “I know I’m not in charge. And I trust the One who is.”

Rest comes in many different forms. It can be quick snooze on the couch or a full night of sleep. It can be reading, laughing, or playing. It can be an attitude of your heart that chooses not to strive and worry even when you’re in the middle of a busy season. In all of that, you can honor God.

God doesn’t need you to complete your to-do list. He created the world in seven days simply by speaking. He doesn’t have any trouble getting things accomplished—with or without us. But what he has chosen for you and only you to be able to do is this: to love him, those around you, and yourself. Part of loving well is resting well.

We can find ourselves going at a frantic pace and never stop to ask, “What is driving me?” Often it’s fear, and that is not what God has for us. Instead of being driven by fear, he invites us to be led by love.

So pause, take a deep breath or even a nap if you dare, and in doing so show the world that you serve One who is kind and loving to those who belong to him. Because he lets them rest. He invites them to peace. He takes their to-do list and trades it for a to-receive list that leads to joy.

You have permission to rest today.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

* inspired by Gen. 2:2; Isa. 40:11; Phil. 4:6–7 and adapted from If We Could Have Coffee… {ebook, on sale now for $1.99}

p.s. I’m supposed to be at the Winsome retreat right now and instead I’m home with a sinus infection and bronchitis {although I’ll still be there by exclusive video} so I’m living this message I wrote about rest months ago. Big thanks to Kim Hyland and Nasreen Fynewever for their grace, help and friendship this week. I’d love for you to stop by both their sites–you’ll love these ladies. I sure do.