So what’s with the “ALWAYS MORE” thing?
Over the years I have kept every pair of running shoes that I have ever had. I spray paint them red, write notes on/in them, say a prayer, and throw them on telephone wires near places significant to my life.
It has become my way of letting go of a certain season in my life, and embracing a new one. On the bottom of every pair I write “ALWAYS MORE.” These words represent the way I strive to live, based on my motives for living that way. These words are always ringing in my ears, or written on my hand as my life reminder. They remind me that this present world and everything in it passing away, yet there is “ALWAYS MORE” to look forward to in the New Heavens (Matthew 6:19-21).
If you’re new around here, my blog is called AUJPOJ (my nickname growing up), and the tagline is, “a hodgepodge of life.” The one consistent theme threaded throughout my writings is my life mantra #alwaysmore
The heart of this blog is to encourage women to ALWAYS believe in the MORE that is within them through Christ. “Always more,” is based on the verse in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine…”
I was a distance runner in high school and college, and these words #alwaysmore started out as a motivational reminder that I would write in thick black sharpie on my arm before my races. These words reminded me that no matter how tired I was, through Christ power within me, I always had more in me than my body led me to believe.
When I run, these words remind me that I ALWAYS have MORE strength, power, and endurance in Christ (Isaiah 40:31). When I am tired or burnt out, these words remind me that I ALWAYS have MORE to draw from in Christ (Ephesians 3:20). When I get cut off on the road or treated rudely, these words remind me that there is ALWAYS MORE to someones’ story than what I know. When I am filled with joy, these words remind me that Christ will ALWAYS overfill me with MORE joy as I look to Him.
Over time, these words became more than just my running inspiration, they became my life mantra. These words remind me that there is ALWAYS MORE to look forward to, MORE than meets the eye, MORE to someone’s story, MORE to be thankful for, MORE to give, MORE to unearth, MORE to learn, MORE fun to be had, MORE blessings to receive, MORE fruit to bear, MORE growth in faith, MORE peace to experience, MORE mercy to grant, MORE wisdom to gain, and MORE reason to love.
”He is infinite and we are finite; there will ALWAYS be MORE of His character to discover, MORE of His love to experience, and MORE of His power to use for His purposes.” -Francis Chan
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