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Run Your Race

Posted: February 06, 2017

Back when I used to run on a regular basis, I completed several half marathons in many fun and different cities around the U.S. The race itself was always fun, usually with many people cheering you on along the way. Sometimes races would have bands playing songs along the course, and often they would have food, music, cheering fans and medals waiting for you at the finish line.

I used to tell everyone that the race itself was what made all the training worth it, and I totally meant it. The training was hard, monotonous and sometimes lonely, requiring immense discipline to stick with it.

But it was on those dark, cold mornings that I forced myself out of bed to run 3, 4, 6 or 10 miles that my character and endurance were strengthened. Had I not decided in advance that the race was worth it, I doubt I would’ve had the discipline to do the hard work of training, day in and day out.

It’s the same with our Christian faith. Sometimes the day to day disciplines of reading our Bible or praying seem difficult to fit it, or we struggle to see their value when we don’t always feel it. But it is in those daily disciplines that our faith is strengthened so that we can endure the race ahead, and be prepared to finish it well and receive the prize at the end.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”
- 1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV

Lord, thank you that you give me the strength I need to run this race called life. Give me the discipline and endurance I need to run my race well so that I may receive the prize at the end, which is eternal life with you in Heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.