Published Sept. 25, 2012
Joel Lindsey was one of our most interesting interviews during the National Quartet Convention. You might not recognize the name, but you would probably recognize some of the songs he has written. That song list includes "Celebrate Me Home" by the Perrys, "Reason Enough" by Signature Sound, "He Made A Change" by the Cathedrals and "Born To Climb" by Jeff And Sheri Easter.
Aside from writing, Joel began running marathons after several bouts with cancer. It was to maintain health, of course. But it was also to serve as a goal to work towards.
He said, "I'm not speedy, but I am persistent."
That statement is not only great philosophy for a marathon, but a great philosophy for life.
God didn't call us to have our names on billboards or in lights on marquees. He didn't call us to pastor the biggest churches in the nation. He didn't call us to speak to millions. He didn't tell us to make millions, get listed among the best dressed or to be the most popular.
He did tell us to do what He called us to do. He told us to be faithful to the task that He gave us and to let Him handle the results. He told us to run life's race with persistence.
Maybe you can say with Joel Lindsay, "I'm not speedy, but I am persistent." If so, good for you. Keep running. Someday you will hear Jesus say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:23)
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