If you’ve never had a panic attack, it can be challenging to understand the experience. Maybe that’s because to the casual observer, they appear entirely unreasonable and unnecessary—why “freak out” when there seems to be no real or present danger? Yet, to those suffering from terrifying bouts of paralyzing fear, the experience feels more like a curse than a choice, more like a heavily-fortified prison to escape than a simple equation to solve.
God has uniquely created each of us, with a specific set of gifts, talents, skills, and passions. The race set before us is unique to us and no one else. I love the fact that God uses the word race to describe our life’s journey. A race has a beginning and an end, and it requires God’s gracious gifts and our effort to complete it.
Anyone running a race knows that it is as important to start quickly as it is to run fast and hard all the way through the finish line tape. Eric Liddell, the Scottish missionary to China, was knocked down in a 400-meter race shortly after the race began and by the time he regained his footing, the pack leader was more than thirty meters ahead.
We are pleased to announce the “My Coffeecup Meditations” series — daily devotionals in four seasonal volumes, written by Roger Ellsworth. Each volume contains one devotional per day for three months: Coffeetime in Winter covers January, February, and March Coffeetime in Spring covers April, May, and June Coffeetime in Summer covers July, August, and September Coffeetime in Autumn covers October, November, and December Roger Ellsworth is a retired pastor, active in ministry and writing, who lives in Jackson, Tennessee. He and his wife, Sylvia, love the message of the Bible, and they enjoy sharing the wonderful counsel of the Word of God in language that ordinary people can understand and appreciate. Roger has written numerous books on the Christian faith, […]
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” —1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Jesse was in his forties and had a successful track record as a crackerjack salesman and executive in several Fortune 1000 companies. His success led him to start his own business. His desire was to found and run […]