• Hillary Craig

Rat Race or His Race?

The world views success and failure through the lens of self. When you walk into a room do people know your name? Are you living the high life with fame, riches the perfect mate? These things will by no means bring happiness. I’m not speaking from experience here because I have not experienced fame and fortune and there are no perfect people but I do know what it feels like to look for happiness in all the wrong places.

There is absolutely nothing in this world that can fill the void one feels in their heart other than the ONE TRUE GOD. It may take some seriously painful experiences to get our attention but God allows it because He has a MUCH greater plan for us.

When I was 25 years old I finally came to that point of submission to God. I had experienced so much pain and struggle from trying to do things my own way that I finally said, “God, I’ve really messed this up, I realize now that I can’t do this life of my own. Doing things on my terms has only made a big mess of my life. Please, forgive me and show me what it means to live for you.”

And he did, he showed up in a BIG way.

I can look back at very specific points in my life where God gave me an opportunity and when I obeyed he blessed me more than I ever deserved. Obeying is sometimes a small step in the right direction, sometimes it’s a giant painful leap.

But the ONLY way to find out what God really wants for my life is to be in constant communion with him. Renewing my mind by reading His Word, praying, and being in community with other believers.

I cannot say that I have it figured out and now it’s easy. It isn’t. BUT God is gracious and patient.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Life is a marathon that requires training. You have to build strength, knowledge, and endurance.

Everyday I’m faced with a lot of decisions the most crucial being get stuff done or slow down and gain perspective.

I hate to admit that right now I feel as though at least half the time I feel so overwhelmed with everything I have to do that I choose to get stuff done when in reality if I’m not getting it done for the right reasons, does it even matter? Do I have faith in His plan?

There is a time and a place and again, if God wants my business to be successful it will be. I don’t need to force it because it will get done. Whether it is being a wife, mother, house keeper or business owner; He will provide the time, the energy and the skills necessary to complete the work. Will I trust Him to complete this work in me and through me? Yes, and He is showing me every day how important it is.

My ultimate goal is that my work glorifies the One who called me to create in the first place. There is no greater joy than knowing exactly what God wants you to do and seeing Him make it happen in you and through you. I need to renew my mind in order to keep an eternal perspective.

Once I cross the finish line in this life, my story has only just begun.