More Than Motions

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1 Corinthians 3:8-9; 9:23-27

Do you ever feel like you're just plodding on and going through the motions, thinking things like What exactly is it that I'm doing for You Lord? Or Am I accomplishing things and making headway? Well I've certainly been there and I still find myself in this frame of mind from time to time. So Paul's words from 1 Corinthians 9:23-27 gave me a good reminder, plus a little prod to refocus, that I am in fact in a race and as such, I need to be making the most of my efforts.

So what do these passages tell us about the importance/significance of the race we are in? What can we do to make sure we're running with focus, purpose and intent? Tami W.

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Planting seeds of faith is not the same as planting flowers. When we plant flower seeds,some grow and some don't. For those that grow, we water them each day and see them grow into beautiful flowers.
When we, plant seeds of faith, some grow and some don't. For those that grow there are three possibilities. The soil (people) may stay. We, and others, water them each day and see them grow into beautiful servants of God. Some soil (people) move away and hopefully are watered by others and grow into beautiful servants of God. Some we hear about and are thankful. Some we never hear about but are still being watered by others and they blossom long after we are gone.

Having experienced moderate depression most of my life and living in an area where gray days are prevalent, I have often struggled with "going throught the motions". When I read these passages from 1 Corinthians I'm reminded that going through the motions is not what God wants. He wants us to focus, think and work hard to spread his word, his light and his joy. Don't run aimlessly, but make it my work each day, to spread His Word and His Plan. Thank you Tami for reminding me.

What I pick up on as an important aspect of this race is that we're in it together. Sometimes, we'll be planting. Sometimes, we'll be watering. Often times, we will plant and water seeds that we won't personally see harvested. Other times, we'll harvest seeds we didn't do the planting or watering for.

One part is not more important than the other. It takes all aspects to reap a harvest for the Lord. So, we're called to run the race to win the prize, not as individuals, but as a team, working together to accomplish God's purposes.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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