So, as the new day dawns, and the training runs kick off, and the challenges come on unexpectedly, and the mid-race walls push me to the limit, I will repeat the following (which, yes, is the title to Matt Redman's popular praise song) :
In short, ask me what will keep me going and encouraged in 2013, and I'll tell you that I have 10,000 reasons to make the most out of every day and every encounter. It's hard to quit with so many reasons to keep going. Additionally, the lyrics to this song took on special meaning this past year, as described in this previous post : 10,000 Reasons
Finally, with every mantra comes an annual scripture verse. For 2013 that verse is Ephesians 5:15-16. Taken from our fall small group study, I really like the practical guidance offered from Paul's words of instruction and encouragement.
"Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity,"
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and a healthy 2013. May you also have 10,000 Reasons "for your heart to find" perseverance, gratitude and strength.