I love words. I love how they can motivate and ignite individuals. How words can paint beautiful pictures in the minds of the audience.
One of my favorite words in “Epic”, all types of images comes to mind when I merely say the word. “Epic” is good, “Epic” is inspiring, “Epic” is my life!
I know it is hard to believe that my life could be considered “Epic”. I am an average man, married with two young boys. I work two jobs and try to ride my bike when time allows. To most individuals, my life looks like anything but “Epic”.
However, each morning I wake up and devote myself to following God’s lead. I practice this everyday, training so I can finish the race and hear “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
Just like training on the bike, there are days that the wind is at my back and I am poetry in motion. Power and endurance are my companions. I am one with Holy Spirit and as it was said before me, “It is Good”.
Then there are the head winds. My power and endurance are distance memories and I long to find the rhythm of past days. These are the days, while I struggle and toil, I repeat over and over to myself “These are the days that I grow stronger”.
Here lies my “Epic” life. Dedicating my life to His purpose, I have plotted a course steeped in joy and suffering.
Could life be “Epic” without struggle and toil? Is not struggle necessary for “Epic”? Suffering and struggle is at the heart of all worthy things. Would the scene in the Garden with our Savior be as powerful if we weren’t privilege to hear His struggle and suffering?
Luke 22:41-44 (NIV)
41He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[a]
Is not suffering sweetest when we know that we will win in the end? I can dig much deeper into the pain when I know the finish line is just ahead! How similar it is with our journey with Christ. Did Jesus remain in the Tomb? Was he vanquished by death, No! Jesus conquered death, not only for Himself, but also for us. The battle is won; the suffering is not in vain!
So dig deep! Live an “Epic” life. Wake up each morning ready to submit to Christ!