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Through the in-between

Have you colored a large empty space with a sharpie or sketches or even a pen? I hate it. Really.
The nib is too thin and you have to color so meticulously so one layer won’t cross the other (Cause then the colors would be darker in between) and the small nib makes everything so slow. So basically, it is a long and slow process. That’s why we speed up those coloring in videos (it is boring!).

So I was doing exactly that yesterday but halfway through I got so tired.
It felt like it wouldn’t end. Well, right there in the middle of this process of coloring is when I realized how it is the in-between place we all want to throw our pens down and just quit.

But don’t do it, friend! There is so much more left for you to go. Keep the pen. Keep coloring.

I kept reminding myself how I’d get something beautiful if I persisted. So I kept coloring, I got through the middle and I felt so much better. I was so glad I stayed the course. I finished my card and handed it to the little kid who thought it was wonderful. The coloring was worth her smile. Some of you feel like giving up but don’t do it, you’re in the middle of your breakthrough and you’re going to get something beautiful if you keep going.

One thin line at a time. Let’s keep coloring!

With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. 1 Corinthians 15:58

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 12:1-3

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