Maranatha and Mission: Hearing the Gentle Whisper to Stay on Mission

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Today we conclude our series written by two of my staff—Josh Laxton and Laurie Nichols—about how to process all the tough stuff we are facing in our world today. You can hear Josh and Laurie talk about important issues like these on our new Billy Graham Center weekly podcast called Living in the Land of Oz. Here you can find Parts One and Two.

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Course - Year - Triathlons - Training - Session

Over the course of the last year, I have been training for triathlons. When I have a long training session or I’m in a race, there are two moments where I feel like giving up. First, I think about quitting when I experience a shortness of breath due to the physical activity. Second, there are times I want to throw in the towel when I feel the physical pain in my legs, calves, and shins.

In those moments, when my mind and body are telling me to stop, I hear this faint whisper: “Keep going; just put one foot in front of the other; you got this.” In other words, this faint whisper—in the sea of physical pain and emotional stress—exhorts me to stay on mission.

Maranatha - Moments - Pain - Stress - Life

Maranatha moments, for me, are filled with the physical pain and emotional stress of life. All I want to do is cry out to Jesus…please come! And while he is more than likely not going to come back physically at that moment to make all things new and to right every wrong, I do believe he answers that cry and prayer in another way. He sends the Spirit to fill us as he lovingly whispers, “I’m here with you, I will never leave you nor forsake you; stay focused and stay on mission.”

It is the Spirit of God that brings comfort and peace in...
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