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Used up and worn out… in a good way

Posted by on Mar 10, 2009 in blog links, discipleship | 4 comments

Chris at “Filtering Life Through the Cross” has written a blog post that you don’t want to miss. The post is called “Used Up and Worn Out or Neat and Tidy?

First, Chris shares this lessons from a man who runs ultramarathons (longer than a marathon):

As a running buddy once said to me: Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming: ‘WOW! What a ride!’

Next, Chris compares this to a life of following Christ. He mentions several passages of Scripture that encourage us to live our life completely for Christ. He ends with this:

When we see our Lord and Savior face to face, let all who see Him fall into His strong loving arms because we are worn out and used up because we lived our lives for Him and His purposes.

What a great encouragement and admonition!


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  1. 3-11-2009


    I was thinking about that the other day and it scarey how much of my life is lived to insulate the ride into the grave. I have really been wrestling with this lately. With provedential luck I have 80 years and will only be a half mature Christian for a little less than a 1/4th of that why not live it all for eternity? I think it goes back to faith.

  2. 3-12-2009


    I think you’re right. We don’t trust God to handle our life.


  3. 3-12-2009

    This is a stark reality of what the mission of Christ should resemble. Sometimes I see myself spectating a lot more than actually running. It is amazing how medicore we can become in our walk.

  4. 3-12-2009


    Yes, I also often find myself spectating instead of walking, much less working. I’m also very good at critiquing other people’s running style while sitting on the sidelines.