Nov. 3, it was cheat day. For 5 weeks ours eyes had been fixed. Yes, we were running a 5k that morning but we had our priorities straight, so we knew exactly where and what we were eating once we crossed the finish line. My mouth watered for some Bar Taco. I mean, who doesn’t drool at the thought of duck quesadillas and baja fish tacos. But my friend Becca had plans for breakfast…a Sonic cheeseburger. She even told us her dream of running the 5k with her cheeseburger in a fanny pack, so that as soon as she crossed the finish line, it would be on!
She arrived that morning at 7:00, cheeseburger in tow. The 5k started and it was BRUTAL. I’ve ran quite a few 5ks in my day (don’t let this bod fool you) and I had never ran anything like this. It was Becca’s first run and it didn’t take her long to decide it was her last. We pushed through, and by pushed, I mean tried not to die. As we came to the last 1/2 mile I said, “Becca, we are not walking to the finish.” She would’ve throat punched me if she could’ve, but we needed to conserve energy. We rounded the corner to see the finish line…across the field.
About that time we hear our friends Jesika and Laremy cheering us on like we were winning the Boston Marathon. With about 75 yards left, Jesika comes sprinting down yelling, “Come on girl, get your cheeseburger!” You guessed it, holding a fanny pack. Becca took off sprinting like she was Usain Bolt. I tried to keep up.
“Ma’am, would you like a banana,” the nice guy asked right after we crossed the finish line. “Naw, I’m good, I’ve got a cheeseburger,” she didn’t even smile. He raised his eyebrows and looked at me, I just nodded my head, “she’s serious,” I busted out laughing.
When we finally made it to my car, I was still on my runners high. “Becca! You did it! You ran a 5K! I mean, 5 weeks ago, you couldn’t run 30 seconds without having to stop. And could you imagine carrying one of those pumpkins that weighed 18 pounds, that’s exactly what you were doing 5 weeks ago (my girl lost some serious weight). I am so stinkin’ proud of you! Doesn’t this feel GREAT!?”
Y’all, she didn’t miss a beat, and she was as serious as my Daddy when he called me by my full name. “NO! That. Was. Hell. People think hell is all fire and brimstone but it’s really running on an incline. I am NEVER doing that again!” She would’ve kept going but the cheeseburger was out of the wrapper and no words were worth stopping that first bite. Hunger. Satisfied.
I laughed until I cried as she devoured that cheeseburger. We didn’t stop there. We had tacos for lunch, topped off with Jeni’s ice cream. We had some cravings and this was the day we had unleashed ourselves. The next day was back to keeping points and texting each other about how tasty cauliflower rice is. So we weren’t messin’ around!
Satisfying hunger. It’s a daily search. And I’m not even thinking about what’s for supper. (Although Bar Taco is sounding pretty good.)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. -Matthew 5:6
This verse has stared me in the eye multiple times over the past week. It’s been on my Instagram feed, it was texted to me by a person I just met and had a 5 min. conversation with, Facebook wouldn’t let me keep scrolling without seeing it. I rolled over at 12:53 last night to dive back into these words…righteousness, hunger and thirst, filled. Asking myself, “What are you craving, Linds.?”
As I’ve studied righteousness, these three things jump off the screen at me from the Strong’s Greek Lexicon: Correctness in thinking, feeling, and acting.
Not because my actions save me. They can’t. They won’t. They don’t. It’s faith alone. So, because of faith, my actions should continuously be in hot pursuit of Him.
This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” -Romans 1:17
How can I hunger and thirst for His righteousness in my thoughts, feelings, and actions? Today, we’ll focus on our thinking.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. -Romans 12:2 (emphasis mine)
In 1 Timothy 6:11, Paul tells him to “run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness”.
We run hard after transforming things…our bodies (swimsuit season will be here before you know it), or our homes (here are 10 ways to simplify and declutter). These are wonderful things. But the place where we need to be exercising and decluttering the most, is our mind. That’s where real transformation begins.
It’s a “whoa, where did that thought come from” and sprinting to God’s word, where lies are demolished and truth rebuilds. It’s grabbing those thoughts that hold us captive and flipping the script. Because you are the captor and you were not made to be held in bondage. It’s time to bind the thoughts that have held us and bring them into obedience. When we run from our old selves and race to the One who renews, change will happen. Stongholds are crushed. Fear flees. Righteousness pursued. Transformation appears.
Don’t miss the promise in Jesus’ words, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Not that he would only fill you up half way. Not that he would fill up that person but not you. But THOSE who hunger and thirst for righteousness WILL BE FILLED.
Let’s be full in our thought life. Full of His promises. Full of His truths. Full of His words. Because you’ll be satisfied when you’re full of Him. It far outweighs a cheeseburger and fish tacos at the end of a race.
It’s not a fanny pack on your arm, it’s a crown on your head.
It’s you running after Jesus as He holds up His hands, “Come on girl, run straight to Me!” He came to set the captives free.
Because hungering and thirsting for righteousness in our thoughts doesn’t just change things. It changes everything.
(This is part one of 3 of “When a Girl Hungers”, in part 2 we will look at hungering for righteousness in our feelings, and part 3 with our actions.)