Team Kingdom

 We all have a race to run.  It’s our destiny, what we were born to do.  When God chose us for His team, for His kingdom, our position was already planned. He even knew the road bumps we would hit along the way.  Even though it hurts when we fall and we aren’t sure we can get back up and run the race on the steam we have left, Jesus has already made a way.

When we fall, we lose our sense of focus and bearings.  The agony of defeat is almost more unbearable than the physical pain we endure from the fall.   With every defeat comes an opportunity for success.

Success might not be dressed the way we thought it would be, success may be disguised in defeat!

Success is ours the moment we choose to rise up out of the dust/snow and continue the race we are called to.

As believers, you and I are part of a team.  God called us into His Kingdom and He knit us together so we would be one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       One Body, one heart, one mind all focused on loving the Lord our God.

Canadian coach helps Russian with broken ski in Sochi cross-country race

Showing the depth of that love by loving our neighbor as ourselves.

He has given us the opportunity to be gatekeepers, holding open the gate so others can see the promises of God and learn how to avail themselves of them.  

We might feel we have made the biggest mess of our race but God uses everything to strengthen and teach us so we are able to walk forward in wisdom.

 He trains us in righteousness, He teaches us there is not a measurable depth to the sozo life He wants us to walk in.

In those moments when our failure is visible to all and shame holds us in its vice grip;

God has made a way for us.

 Russian athlete Anton Gafarov falls during the Men's Sprint Free Semifinals (RIA Novosti / Konstantin Chalabov)


Twitter image of Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth fixing Russian Anton Gafarovski.


 He calls others to come alongside us in our time of need.  We may not even know they are there, we are so intent on  running our race.  When we are listening for the Voice of our Beloved, we will discover He has a way of positioning us ‘just so’ so we will be in the exact spot required to meet a need.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.”


We enter the race when we answer the call of God.  My race is different from your race, but we must keep our eyes  focused on the race at hand so at the end our Coach King can say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’.  Anton Gafarov finishes the race at the Men's Sprint Free Semifinals (RIA Novosti / Konstantin Chalabov)

There are so many of us going through difficulties but I think it would make such a huge difference in our lives, if each one of us stood our ground,  believed the promises of God and then held them out for another to grab onto.

 You see, Jesus hasn’t left any one of us helpless just because we fall and feel our difficulties are insurmountable.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and ever present help in time of trouble.  And He gave us each other to strengthen and encourage … so instead of giving up when we fall, let’s look for the help God promised would be there for us.

 If our walk is strong and steady? Then lets be committed to watching to see where we can meet a need and help our brother or sister to cross their finish line.  Let’s not hold back in meeting a need no matter how unconventional it may look.  

Remember we are Team Kingdom!

Just a few thoughts as I saw these photos in the news.

With a humble heart of love,


photos courtesy of Globe and Mail

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  1. Shanyn says

    Yes. And in your words, this story that made my heart so happy, was a promise. That we are not alone. That there are encouragers, and friends there to help. And if they aren’t there yet, they will be. Bless you!

    • Jeannie says

      Its a precious thing to know Shanyn, that the words and actions of an encourager spur the other on. When we might think our race is lost an encourager speaks courage to our hearts and gives us what we need to run the race to the finish. We never know who is going to pop up and I thank you Shanyn for popping by today with your words of encouragement and blessing.

  2. Mel Thompson says

    Athletes always must stay in physical readiness, even if their season is over. If they don’t keep in shape, their Cardio diminishes and soon…muscle atrophy. If we stay in shape spiritually–devouring God’s Word, study God’s Word…we run the risk of spiritual “agony and defeat.” Like your new Website design too!

  3. Kathleen says

    You ended with “Let’s not hold back in meeting a need no matter how unconventional it may look. ” THAT is the challenge! Sometimes it IS unconventional and still we need to take our eyes off ourselves and do what needs to be done. Thanks Jeannie!

    • Jeannie says

      Kathleen, oft times the blessing is found in the unconventional God puts in our path so praying we live with eyes wide open to see how He leads. Appreciate your visit today, God bless you.

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