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Friday, August 17, 2012

He stretched…just come (Everyone who calls)…

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1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking (it’s way harder than it sounds)
2. Link back
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3. Visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.
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And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
Joel 2:32 (ESV)

He stretched…just come (Everyone who calls)…


Yesterday I set out for a run. I was tired, but had it in my mind to get it done. I had already walked the dog 2 miles, and on days I run, it’s supposed to be a short walk. I had it out of order…

I run for many reasons. It is moving worship and meditation, and it’s at least 30 minutes I carve out for nothing else. I don’t take calls. I don’t think. I just listen to music, run, and pray. That’s it.

I was tired, and about halfway in, I started talking to myself (this isn’t unusual). Just one more song. Just a few more minutes. You can make it until. I started making deals. I said to myself, “I want to be worthy to…” and then I stopped.

We don’t have to be worthy. He stretched. We don’t have to earn it (Grace). He stretched. We don’t have to be fit enough, smart enough, fast enough, thin enough. He stretched. He stretched from Heaven to come get us. He stretched His arms wide to die upon the cross. He stretched. All we have to do is come.

The word says that “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord….” and that’s it. The only criteria is that we come.

I didn’t have to make deals to finish my run. I stopped running and walked, and finished. It was enough. I don’t have to do anything to be worthy, because He stretched. Just like writing a FMF, we don’t have to be acclaimed. Published. Authorized. Brilliant. We just come. Everyone who writes…He’s already stretched.


Everyone who calls Him can just come.  How good is God?

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