Thursday, March 24, 2011

" Let Nothing Stop you"

Let Nothing stop you!!!!

When I was a little kid my great grandparents on my mom's side came for a visit. My grandmother drove them up from Florida for the visit. All of us kids were outside and my great grandfather came out to be with us. He stood there for a while watching us race our bikes back and forth up the gravel driveway. We would speed down the gravel drive way and quickly throw on our breaks, so we could slide. We liked seeing who could make the longest skid marks.

My great grandfather asked one of my older brothers if he could ride their bike. I remembered the look on my older brother's face. He was uncertain if he should let this old man ride his back. My great grandfather was in his 80's at the time. He was a tall,lanky and skinny man. ( I know what you are thinking. What happen to me right?)He was dressed in his Sunday clothes and wore his Derby hat. His hair was white like wool and his face shined a summer sunset.

My brother did not want great grandpa to get hurt, but this old man was persistent and took the ten speed anyway. Great granpa hopped on the bike like a young man would. He threw his long lanky legs over the seat and onto the other side. He balanced himself across the bike and squeezed the handle bars. Without saying a word, h e pushes the bike off with his right leg and off he went on the bike. He rode up and down the gravel road with a big smile on his face and laughter in his belly. He wasn't very fast but he had enough speed to make some small skid marks. We were just all amazed that this 200 year old man ( To me he was this old even though he was only in his Mid 80's) could ride a bike so eloquently. On his very last ride on the bike, he came speeding down the gravel road. I remember having this overwhelming fear that great grandpa was going to crash and get hurt. He came speeding down and he pretended that he was going to throw on the brakes like we had been doing earlier on our bike rides. He tricked us all. He simply stopped the bike, got off, patted us all on the backs, smiled at us with a sinister grin, waved us off to ride our bikes again, and walked right back inside into our house. That was it. This old man taught this young man a valuable lesson that day. He taught me how to fight and how to press forward. He taught me to let nothing stop me from achieving things in life. He taught this without ever saying a word. You see great grandpa could not hear very well so he did not talk much and when he did it sounded like the teacher on Charlie Brown.

Paul the apostle left a similar message for Timothy to follow. He told him to fight the good fight of the faith.

1 Timothy 6:12-14 Fight the good fight for the Christian faith. Take hold of everlasting life to which you were called and about which you made a good testimony in front of many witnesses. (13) In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and in the sight of Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony in front of Pontius Pilate, (14) I insist that, until our Lord Jesus Christ appears, you obey this command completely. Then you cannot be blamed for doing anything wrong.

He said fight the good fight of faith for the CHRISTIAN FAITH. Paul knew this was the only true faith to have and it was worth fighting for. That word fight means to accomplish something. Timothy was being commissioned by Paul to accomplish greatness for the Kingdom of God. It was the encouraging word of letting nothing stop you from achieving greatness in God.

My great grandfather did not let his age stop him from riding the bike that day. He went against the norm and got on that bike anyway. Even after we tried to stop him; he just pressed forward.

What is stopping you from achieving greatness in God? Maybe it is your sin? You know the sin that you keep making excuses for or the sin you try to convince yourself is ok. You even try to find people to agree with you, so you will TEMPORARY feel better on the inside. Maybe it is your lack of faith that is holding you back or your spiritual laziness. Maybe it is the cares of the world or your lack of time. Nonetheless, you need to realize that you have been commissioned to " LET NOTHING STOP YOU." Your a fighter and a Gladiator. You can over come and see the living God do great things.

When it comes to the things of God, we should be willing " To let Nothing stop us" from serving Him and living a life of adventure
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