Run the Race and Don’t Give Up!

Today’s verse:   Matthew 20:  16  “”So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Is anyone inspired by the Olympics like I am?   I am just in awe of these athletes. I cannot even imagine the training and the time and commitment that go into becoming the best in the world at something.  Of course most of the gold medalists become famous, known for their triumph and skill.

But what about all of the others that compete?  The ones that don’t finish first, or even third. There are thousands of athletes from every country that work just as hard, train just as long, and make just as much of a commitment as the others.  These are the ones that I admire most.  They not only have committed their lives to their training, but many know that they cannot possibly win a medal. But they don’t give up, they don’t stop trying.  They believe in themselves.  Just to make it to the Olympics is enough of a win for them.  What an honor!

We all face trials in our lives – some of us struggle with addictions that we can’t seem to overcome.  Some of us just cannot lose that weight that holds us back.  Some of us are unhealthy in many ways, and just can’t seem to get better.  We need to make the dedication and commitment of an Olympic athlete.  We need to never give up, never stop believing in ourselves.  We many not be able to win a gold medal, but we can overcome!   We have God on our side, and he is always faithful and just.  He gives us strength and holds us up.  He supports us through our trials and never stops believing in us.

We can’t compare ourselves to others.  We can’t give up because we will never be skinny like those models.  We can’t stop trying to quit an addiction because it’s too hard.  Don’t get caught up in the world’s way of ranking thing.  To quote Got Questions Ministry  “Those who are first in the opinion of others (or first in their own opinion!) may be surprised to learn, on Judgment Day, they are last in God’s opinion.”    Blessings to all as you continue the race towards healthier lives!

Healthy Living Recipe

This is from Tasty, I got the recipe from a friend’s Facebook post. Untried, but looks delish!

Grilled Shrimp with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Mix 2 lbs peeled, de-veined shrimp with:
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Toss until shrimp is well coated

Thread shrimp onto wooden skewers and brush with oil. Grill 3 minutes, flip and grill 3 more minutes on other side.

Meanwhile, mix 1 cup of low fat sour creme
3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 tsp. lime zest
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. lime juice
Blend well and divide sauce in half

Mix 1 1/2 cups green shredded cabbage
1/12 cups red shredded cabbage
1 Tbsp. chopped jalapeño
1/2 sour cream mixture

Spoon cabbage mixture onto flour tortilla

Top with several grilled shrimp

Garnish with spoonful of remaining sour cream sauce, chopped cilantro and lime juice

Roll up tortilla and enjoy!

 

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