I am incredibly honored to have a very special guest on my blog today. Radio talk show host, author, and blogger Lisa Buffaloe is here today sharing a devotional about keeping our eyes on Jesus. I hope you will be as inspired by Lisa’s words as I am…
The Ultimate Competition
By Lisa Buffaloe
Being the only female in the house brings many opportunities to watch “manly” movies and television shows. Okay I’ll admit, I do enjoy several of them. One is a Japanese television show where competitors attempt to complete a punishing obstacle course set up to use ever muscle group in the body.
To be contestants, people literally set up their own mini-courses at home and train for years. Each level becomes more difficult, and anyone who makes it through the first stage has my admiration. Whew, I’m out of breath just thinking about the competition.
I wouldn’t make it past the starting gate.
Life is hard and often downright tough. Every day we face obstacles — illness, death, job issues, parenting issues, children issues, people issues, life issues, issues with issues…. Argh!
However, what if we faced the day like athletes? The harder the difficulty, the more the honor, and the more prizes received at the finish line.
When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we flex our faith muscles, learn more of who we are, discover more of God, and win our race. And if your race is extremely difficult, your ultimate prize will be all the greater. So let’s lace up those spiritual tennis shoes, enjoy the wild journey, and compete to win! Remember, you’re always guaranteed to win when you’re on Jesus’ team.
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. … When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!… It’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!” (Hebrews 12:1-13 MSG).
About Lisa Buffaloe…
Lisa is contributing author for The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter. Her articles have appeared in Angels on Earth magazine, as well as Guideposts, Rest Ministries, (in)courage.me, and others. Her manuscripts have placed in the finals the last two years in the Women of Faith writing contest, the 2010 ACFW Genesis writing contests, and won awards with other distinguished writing contests. Lisa also hosts a radio show Living Joyfully Free. Lisa is an avid blogger, writer, speaker, and radio host for Living Joyfully Free. Her past experiences—molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape by a doctor, divorce, being stalked, cancer, death of loved ones, seven surgeries, and eleven years of chronic illness from Lyme Disease—bless her with a backdrop to share God’s amazing promises. She loves to share with others how God’s love is unending, and through Him we find healing, restoration, and renewal.