Point Of No Return

Point of No Return
During my morning run, I ran eight miles: four miles out and four miles back. At the turn around, I had an epiphany of the significance of that point in my endeavor. To pilots, they refer to this area as the point of no return because to go on would mean there would not be enough fuel to turn around and return safely to where they took off, so crossing this threshold could mean life or death.

By no way am I comparing my running to embarking on any dangerous endeavor like flying combat missions, but the feeling you get as you pass the half-way point is palatable as you envision the end result. This feeling is only outdone by actually completing what you set out to do. As soon as you cross the finish line,

Editable vector illustration of a man winning a race

Editable vector illustration of a man winning a race

all the preparation, blood, sweat, and tears are realized, but only once you cross it. There are no medals or awards for making it halfway and there are no participation ribbons to hand out to those who fail. The question I began to ponder was how many Christians have started the race, but have lost sight of the end goal.

As Christians, achieving half of what God wants us to do is not living up to our full potential. One of the greatest examples of not turning back comes from Captain Cortés first act after he landed in Veracruz in 1519 and gave the order to his men to burn the ships. Burn the Ships What Cortés did was force himself and his men to either succeed or die. There are ships in everyone’s lives that need to be burned so they will leave the shore and begin doing what God has called them to do. For some, they have already left the shore and encountered hard times and have begun daydreaming about home and the ships left at port, which could take you there. Remember, it is never too late to burn the ships because anything that stands in the way of you accomplishing your God-given destiny needs to be burned!

I will say this to those of you who have acknowledged your calling and are engaged actively in pursuing what God has called you to do – at least you are in the race because many Christians experience a failure to launch and, “Houston we have a problem” is not going to help you get back on track. This failure to launch can be the result of many things like poor instruction at the point of salvation or allowing one’s own need for significance to outweigh the sacrifice Jesus paid for Christians to have abundant life.Failed-Rocket-Launch_Fotor

There is victory and there is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain that attempts to anchor us as captives to fear or doubt. There is a term in running called “DNF.” It means did not finish; this can be the result of injury, physical or mental breakdown, poor preparation, or simply giving up by lacking the will to go on. There has been a lot of articles and books recently about simply enjoying the journey of life and for very few that may be possible, because for the majority, they are left with the realization of how much life sucks the life out of you. Life is ultimately one of the cruelest teachers as death, disease, and addiction and countless other afflictions lead to painful detours in our so-called journey, as the destination and finish line are dangled in front of us like a carrot. Just when you think you see some light at the end of the tunnel, you find out it is a speeding train headed right for you.

If we are not careful, these detours and trials can easily become rest stations as we set up camp becoming content in our circumstances, all the while forgetting that Christ came to set us free. Everything Changes C.S. Lewis As believers, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. It is not by our power, but by the power of the Lord that we can fight through the trials and battles of this temporal world. In Christ, we are more than conquerors, so why have so many Christians allowed their circumstances to conquer them and why do they allow their mistakes to define them? I believe the primary reason is because they have forgotten, discounted, or ignored who they are in Christ; in His eyes we are precious and priceless.Christ_Died_for_Us

God does not promise we will not go through trials or persecution; in fact, He tells us as believers we will experience even more by following Christ, but God also promises we will never experience more than we can take as long as we look to Him as our source of strength because it is in the Lord where our help comes from. There are many possible reasons God may allow us to bear more than we can handle on our own.Let Go of Your Junk Ron Edmonson provides some great examples like: so you will rely on Him, so you will call on Him, so you will have no choice but Him, so He can tell us things we would not know otherwise, so He can be gracious to you, so He can show His kindness and compassion, so He can restore your soul, so He can demonstrate His strength, so you will trust in Jesus – and the Father, so you can produce character and hope, so He can keep you from being self-reliant, so He can discipline His children, so God’s power may be revealed, so He can show our need for salvation and forgiveness, so He can comfort us, so we can learn to comfort others, so He can reveal His unseen workings, so He can demonstrate how all things work for an eventual good, so the Gospel might be proclaimed, and so He can draw prodigal children home.
Goodness and Mercy of GodIf any of these hit home with you, I encourage you to not let fear, depression, pain, anger, or resentment to paralyze you anymore. Right now, simply acknowledge the goodness and mercy of God and praise Him regardless of your situation. So many times we pray for God to change our circumstances, all the while, He is trying to change us. God does not want us to stop halfway and He does not want detours to derail our God-given destiny. Never settle for less than God’s best and never let the fire and passion for serving the Lord to go out in your life because just as John wrote in Revelation 3:16 to the church at Laodicea, “So because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” We must stop thinking our ways and thoughts are higher than the Lord’s and instead begin trusting God again because His word is true and He swears by His own name because there is no name higher. The healing, miracle, or breakthrough you are waiting on is right around the corner, so never forget your purpose and the power that resides in the name of Jesus!Walk with God

Don’t Ever Give Up

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Errick Springfield
John F. Kennedy once said, “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” Errick Springfield personified this statement. He was known in school for both his physical and mental strength, but later in life, he would be known for his spiritual strength as endured 3 years battling a very aggressive stage IV cancer which metastasized to other areas of his body. Despite his athletic prowess, Errick’s ultimate legacy will be how he walked out the final days of his life and despite the numerous surgeries and treatments which would have killed most people; his faith and trust in the Lord only grew stronger.

This loss of such a great man has really impacted me and inspired me because we are the same age; we are both husbands and fathers and despite the horrible things I have had to walk through in recent years, none of them compare to what this brave man of God battled through. Near the end, his only sadness was leaving his wife, his 2 year old son and all his family and friends behind.

I was so encouraged to see how Errick and Errick  & Laurie
his wife chose to live their lives. When trials present themselves, you can either cling to God or you can run, but as they clung tightly to God’s promises, He gave them comfort and peace which transcended all understanding. When others would quickly have quit and even as this cancer robbed him of his future here on earth, he never gave up on God, his family or his friends. Errick finished the race strong and he persevered all the way to the end! The way he lived his life should be the standard upon the way we live ours. He didn’t live each day as though it was his last; he lived each day as though it was the last of the people he came in contact with. When you met Errick, you knew there was something different about him and that was the love of Christ in him.

Errick allowed God to do so much not only in him, but through him! If you knew Errick or came in contact with him, the light and compassion of Christ would shine through him so brightly it would nearly blind you. His heart for his family inspires me to be a better husband and father and his heart for the Lord inspires me to pick up his torch and continue what he started. I pray God watches over Errick’s family and I hope one day in the future I will have the opportunity to tell Errick’s son what an awesome man of God his daddy was and what he meant in my life. We will miss you tremendously Errick and I am so proud to have called you my friend.
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