Sometimes we get tired. Weary. Overburdened. Overwhelmed. All of us, at some time or another feel like we don’t measure up. Or we can’t do anymore right now. It is a measure of grace that carries us through those times and grants us – what is it? Courage? Strength? Something intangible, but felt, that gives us wind in our sail. It rekindles the deep desire to keep on keepin’ on. It keeps us in the earthly race, even when our legs are rubbery and our backs are strained.
When it has been a long day, with too much stuff to do and not enough time to get it all done, I’m plain old tired.
Or when a particularly difficult trial has been part of the journey, I feel spent.
Sometimes, this “second wind” comes along that pushes me into a new stratosphere of energy or “can do” attitude. No idea where it comes from, but I know it comes from a good place. It makes me more than I am. It reminds me of my purpose for being here on this earth. It binds me to God and to Christ. You know? I’m calling it the Christian’s second wind.
A Christian’s second wind allows us to:
- Remember. Remembering Christ gives us more clarity about who we are, whose we are, and with whom we find our strength and goodness.
- Push past ourselves. If all the world was full of self – centered people, not much good would be accomplished [without an agenda, anyway]. When left to our own devices, it is easy to fail. But with Christ, we get to be in a partnership that grants us “more” in order to be who we are meant to be. Getting lost in service – getting lost in the righteousness of Jesus Christ – blesses us with a feeling of oneness with our fellow beings. It translates, generally, into a greater ability to be more like Him, and forget out own issues.
- Be more sunshiney. Don’t you know people who make you feel better, just to be around them? Our influence is more far flung – and important- than we may imagine. The second wind gives us more inner sunshine….An optimism that is contagious.
- Become more. Charles Dubois said, “The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice who we are for what we could become.” Great! Philippians 4:13 says it this way, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Yes! Not alone, but with Him I can do it.
We never know when that second wind is coming. Or how it will wrap itself around us, twist joyfully or comfortably through us. But it comes. It always will. Otherwise, how could we continue the race, when our knees are scraped and bruised, and our heart aching? Running [or walking. Or crawling, occasionally] this mortal race is hard sometimes. Daunting.
But it’s do-able. In small increments, with our eye on the prize of Eternal Life, and with the blessing of the second wind.