Friday, October 18, 2013


Come on, you can do it, just one good push.  I wonder how many times we’ve heard that phrase? We’ve been encouraged to push the envelope, to push forward and to push through. It seems there are many times when what is needed to accomplish our goal is just one good push.

Have you ever thought about the fact that almost everyone who has ever been born started life with one good push? Any woman who has experienced childbirth can tell you about pushing. Unless the push process was interrupted by a Cesarean delivery that baby entered this world by one good hard push from mom.  Wow, mom was an example from the very first moment of our life. This is how you do it kid, just one good push.

I started a “little” exercise program this week. No gym, no weights, no trainer, no boot camp mind you. I’m just trying to walk one mile a day. It’s actually a video-walking program that you can do at home, in your P.J.s no matter what the weather. I do wear my tennies but I have to put then on while I’m still half a sleep before my feet know what I’m doing. It works for me.

Monday, day one, I did ok. I had worked myself up to it and convinced myself I could do it. Tuesday, my calves were pretty sore but I got through it. Wednesday I was beginning to think this isn’t such a good idea when my knee started revolting and by Thursday I was talking back to the lady on the video. Let’s just say I wasn’t blessing her. By Thursday night I was fighting going to bed because I knew when I woke up it would be time to walk another mile.  I finally comforted myself with the thought that I probably should take Friday off anyway to let my muscles recover and fell asleep. And then morning came along with this thought; just give me one good push. Push forward, push through, you can do it. So with much reluctance I got out of bed, put on my tennies, and gave it one good push. And guess what? I made it one more mile.

I can’t help but think that’s really how life is. We start with one good push and it takes a lifetime of those to reach our destinations. Sometimes it seems that’s all we have left and then find out that was all that we needed. Other times we don’t have the strength to push on our own. I remember back in the day when often that’s what it took to get a broken down vehicle going again. Some good neighbor would always show up and say, hey I’ll give you a push. And sure enough you would be off and running again. All you needed was a push.

Do you think that’s what God meant when He said in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My strength is made perfect in your weakness?” Just when we think all power is gone, we can’t take one more step, we are done, there it is, one good push.  Could it be that God shows up and says, hey, I’ll give you a push?

I believe that’s what God is saying to us today. Keep pushing friends. Don’t give up! Pushing toward the goal. Pushing back the power of the enemy through prayer. P.U.S.H. Pray until something happens. You can do it. Maybe not in your own strength but in Him all things are possible. You know that’s my story. Not that I’ve accomplished all that much but I know how far He has brought me. So there is hope! Anything’s possible. It may be just one good push away!

Phil 3:14 With my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God's heavenward call in Christ Jesus.

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