Run With the Horses

Posted on May 11, 2010

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A quick excerpt from Eugene Peterson’s book about the prophet Jeremiah, Run With the Horses.

There is a memorable passage concerning Jeremiah’s life when, worn down by the opposition and absorbed in self-pity, he was about to capitulate to just such a premature death.  He was ready to abandon his unique calling in God and settle for being a Jerusalem statistic.  At that critical moment he heard the reprimand: “So, Jeremiah, if you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses?  And if you can’t keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan flood? (Jer 12:5, The Message)

Life is difficult, Jeremiah.  Are you going to quit at the first wave of opposition?  Are you going to retreat when you find that there is more to life than finding 3 meals a day and a dry place to sleep at night?  Are you going to run home the minute you find that the mass of men and women are more interested in keeping their feet warm than in living at risk to the glory of God?  Are you going to live at your best, to pursue righteousness, to sustain a drive toward excellence?  It is easier, I know, to be neurotic.  It is easier to be parasitic.  It is easier to relax in the embracing arms of The Average.  Easier, but not better.  Easier, but not more significant.  Easier, but not more fulfilling.  I called you to a life of purpose far beyond what you think yourself capable of living and promised you adequate strength to fulfill your destiny.  Now at the first sign of difficulty you are ready to quit.  If you are fatigued by this run-of-the-mill crowd of apathetic mediocrities, what will you do when the real race starts, the race with the swift and determined horses of excellence?  What is it you really want, Jeremiah?  Do you want to shuffle along with this crowd, or run with the horses?

Totally awesome.

I will be in Uganda for the next week and a half starting on Thursday, so new Friday Deeps will resume when I return.  In the meantime, below you can find links to some of my favorites in the series.

Touch

Man O’ War

Chris Jackson

Microphone

Cameron Dollar

Hit By Pitch

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