SLOWING DOWN

SLOWING DOWN

I like to run with God. Every time I do, we have amazing conversations and He uses me to bless others. If I ever need motivation to get out the door, I just think about stories like this. Last week I went for a long run and I felt really energized coming back. But with two miles left, I felt God say, “Let’s walk it back from here.” I thought, “…but I feel so strong I could run all the way back!” “It’s okay, let’s just walk,” He persisted. So I obeyed His still small voice and started to walk and sing praises. When I slow down like this, I see people that are usually a passing blur as I zoom by – and I’m more aware of opportunities to love them. As I came to cross a street, I looked to my right and saw a boy sitting on the curb. “Hey! How are you? What are you up to?” “I’m waiting for a friend to pick me up. My car got totaled last weekend.” He was driving on Pacific Coast Highway when a car turned in front of him, they crashed, and he spun out into the middle of oncoming traffic — and he walked away with a seatbelt rash! I knew this was an opportunity to love and encourage him. “Wow! Do you think God protected you?” I asked quite blatantly. “Uh, yeah. I believe in God. I’m a Christian.” I could tell he was sincere, but his suddenly timid tone of voice revealed some hesitation and a sense of guilt weighing on him. I asked...

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