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Today I want to talk about running away. How we run, why we run, what we run from.

I was the type of person that ran away from everything. If anything hurt me, confused me, neglected me, frightened me, challenged me (I could go on and on)….I’d run away.

Recently, I got the chance to spend time with someone that truly reminded me of that old person I used to be. God used this person’s life to show me exactly what running away looks like, up close and personal.

What We Run From

Now you may be asking yourself, running from what? So I’ll take a moment to describe what I mean…

Now we all know that God has a customized purpose and plan for every single person on this Earth. But there are certain people, the Bible refers to a peculiar people, God’s holy nation, who are called.

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

If you consider yourself a Christian, YOU my friend are called. You see, Christianity was never designed to be a casual thing. This marvelous light was not meant to be hidden or ignored. It was set up to be shared; to be seen by the world. You are no longer darkened in your understanding. Simply put as my mom used to say “you just know better.” This knowledge demands attention and will not be ignored.

The Misfits

We are the ones that have a different awareness. We have a deep connection and longing for truth that we just can’t shake. We are the misfits. We never truly fit in. In fact, we have to work extremely hard just to seem like we do. We have to ignore so many truths about who we are, where we came from, the experiences we’ve had, just to believe in the false reality the world operates in.

We try to go out into the world and be normal but things are never that simple with us. Oftentimes we feel a burden to do things others don’t understand. We have a still small voice that speaks to us all the time.

The Called

We are the ones who have experienced God or have witnessed His power. These are people who have not only an awareness but also knowledge of God. People who have at one point surrendered to Him. People who God drew in.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

But some of us run from this call. We hear him telling us to do things. To spend more time with this person, to share more word with people, even to simply seek him more. We ignore that voice. We convince ourselves we are doing enough. We blame it on our busy lives. We procrastinate, telling ourselves “I’ll do it one day.”

Now as I stated earlier I’ve always been a runner. I resented the way I was raised. Resented the family I came from. I became apathetic and cynical towards the things of God. I even went through the whole “Christianity is the white man’s religion/ atheist phase.” Simply put, I wanted no parts of the people, places, and things that I felt like was the cause of so much pain and frustration in my life… so I ran. I hid under cynicism and doubt to justify my running.  I wanted to explore every single path possible before turning back to God. But sure enough, that exploration was cut short. You see running is just as spiritually exhausting as it is physically.

How We Run

The unique thing about running away is that it really looks different for everyone. We all know the story of the well-known “runners” in the bible like the Prodigal Son, Jonah, Elijah etc. But what those stories tell me is that running looks different on everyone. For some people is apathy. For some people it’s bitterness. And in some severe cases, it’s delusion.

Don’t Run to Wander

We miss out on so much when we run. We become wanders. People just aimlessly going through life in vain. Even in all of our achievements, friendships, relationships, even our success is all cheapened. We just become shells of ourselves; lifeless individuals just going through the motions, convincing ourselves every day that this is all life has to offer.

Hebrews 10:37-39  (NKJV) Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

It’s so so so much better to just embrace. Take it from me as a recovered “runner”. Don’t run from the call. Don’t ignore the voice. Don’t waste your time pursuing Earthly things. Learn to embrace. Embracing will allow God’s light to shine on things. He’ll reveal the hidden messages in it. Whether it’s your past, your struggles, your family, your fears… embrace them all. The fresh start you need will start when you learn to embrace.

Thanks for reading and the continued support!

Also, today is my brother Forrest Hall’s birthday. So I want to take a moment to say a little message to him.

Forrest,

I’m so very grateful to have you in my life. Not everyone has a Forrest in their life and for that, I am sorry and happy about. (not sure if the universe could handle more than one Forrest lol)  Your relentless support, aggressive love, and tireless obedience to God has impacted so many people. I can’t wait to witness all the power God will continue to use you for. Love you and I’m praying you have another great year!