I’m feeling a new wind. A second wind if you will. And I’m grateful. A second wind is a colloquialism that refers to the point when a long distance runner feels a surge of energy and gains to the ability to push through fatigue and finish the race. God has given all of us a purpose in this world. I believe that. Whereas I used to think that getting unstuck required a great deal of energy or self-determination, I now understand that discovering a “second wind” simply means doing what is next. It isn’t always glamorous, it isn’t always fun, but it is rewarding. I intend to finish what I have started. In order to do so, I have to decide to do the next thing that is in front of me. I am thankful for this opportunity.
“Men who have lost their grip upon the relevant facts of their environment are the inevitable victims of agitation and propaganda. The quack, the charlatan, the jingo . . . can flourish only where the audience is deprived of independent access to information” -Walter Lippmann
I read this earlier and I certainly find it to be true. We should find a way for people to have access to more information and not less. Information is not an enemy of truth, in fact it helps us defend the truth and become more a part of God is calling us to be. I feel like this is the source of my “second wind.” I love to learn and grow and push forward in what God has called me to be, God is changing me and I can feel the work of His Spirit within me.
I read today something that Augustine had written, “The inhabitants of the city of God walk on gold and love people, the inhabitants of the city of men love gold and walk on people.” What a great understanding of how the gospel influences and changes our lives. God does an amazing work in us and through us. God is good to us every step of the way.
I find that winds blow at their greatest strength in storms. May that wind be harnessed to propel us to the next shore. Let the wind blow.