One of the most influential books in all of recent Christian history was The Dairy of David Brainerd which Jonathan Edwards edited. David Brainerd died very young and spent the last few months of his life in the home of Jonathan Edwards. Edwards’ daughter Jerusha, whom Brainered loved and desired to marry, cared for David in his dying days. If Brainerd had not met Edwards, we may never have known of this great missionary and lover of God. But because they did, we have access to the rich jewels of Brainerd’s journal, which I commend to all.
Earlier this year, a dear friend of mine named Chuck Spacht entered the presence of His Savior. He left behind several journals which I am only now being able to really sit down and contemplate. In memory of him, I am going to post at least one blog a week (for however long it takes) that will contain some thoughts he had in journal. I begin this week with some things he wrote down as we considering the teaching of Philippians 3:1-16. Though not all his entries may be dated, this one took place on October 31, 1998.
My prayer is that for those who knew Chuck, this might remind us of his joyful perseverance in running the race that was set before him! He wanted us to share his desire to be with the Lord which is far better and to remember that God is good all the time! Though he be in glory, may these entries remind us that he still speaks. But more importantly may they help us in our race to run in a manner worthy of our upward call!
“If you are not pursuing the prize with all your might, you are misjudging your present condition!”
Everyone needs to have the blessed dissatisfaction with their current spiritual condition.
“The purpose for which we were saved [the glory of God] becomes the purpose for which we live.” MAKE A MAXIMUM EFFORT TO PRESS ON!
Focus is important! What is your one thing? Focus is important for those who succeed in running correctly.