I was a bodybuilder not too long ago and I was very driven. Commitment for perfection was a gift that was a God-given gift. Every part of my body that needed to be bigger happened so quickly because of my motivation and dedication. I would go on a run-up in the hills with hardly anyone else around. I would run uphill traversing between rocks and trees, jumping over obstacles and Climbing rocks that were in my path. When I was physically exhausted, my legs were on fire and tight, feeling like I couldn’t possibly take another step, then and only then I would turn around and run back to my car. I have been trying to run that same kind of race in my walk with God and am learning that you need to walk before you can run. I find myself tripping over my own feet and often times falling flat on my face. God is good however and teaches me to slow down as to not tumble over and over. Have faith, and ask God to help you walk first before running. Relax in knowing that He is right there to catch you. It may take a bit to build the spiritual muscle that is needed to get through this life. God is in control and He wants you to prevail.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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