Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV — Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
These words are extremely meaningful to me.
I enjoyed participating in track as an elementary student.
But the real emotion comes from the memories of our daughters.
Both Sis and Bell ran track in highschool and they both competed at the State level.
It was something they took very seriously.
They trained, not just at practice, but on their own as well.
They were mindful of their diet and sleep routines.
Track wasn’t just a thing they did on certain days, it was a way of thinking and acting and it paid off.
Both won many races, because they ran the race to win.
Our race is similar, although it’s not normally something we schedule and attend as an event.
Rather, it’s a choice, a new way of thinking, a new way of living, a new way to order our standards.
And Jesus Christ is our example in it all.
He ran first and best and paved the way for all those who would choose to follow.
There will be mockers, those who speak words of discouragement, telling us it’s not worth the effort.
There will be spectators, those who will stand outside the race, watching how we run.
There will be fellow runners, other believers who are running this race beside us.
I once heard a Christian lady on the radio talk about those fellow runners.
She said, “Look beside yourself, at those who are running with you. If they are not going all out for Jesus then you aren’t either. Find others who are running after Christ with everything they have.”
Why is that important?
Because it’s those who run the race, eyes focused on Christ, giving all they have, who win.
I want to be able to speak the words of Paul when my race is ending.
2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV — I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your encouragement. Lord, these words are so inspiring! Please help me to run this race with endurance. Please help me to be free from the snares of sin and the flesh, that I might run well, honoring You in all things. Lord Jesus, there are many things I don’t understand and areas I’m waiting upon You for, please help me to be diligent with the tasks at hand while waiting. I trust You and I thank You for Your Word. I look to You. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for salvation! Lord, I know I can rest and wait patiently upon You for all things. Thank You for understanding what I need and granting me the opportunity to stretch and learn. Lord, I lift up those who are dear to my heart and humbly request You fulfill all their needs. I trust You with each one and thank You that they are Yours. Lord, for those who have yet to know You, please open the door that they might see the light. Open their understanding, that they might readily accept Your salvation. Open those things which have them trapped in the enemy’s grip, that they might escape destruction and instead find eternal life. Thank You, Jesus, for all these things. Thank You for running the race and finishing well! Please help me to do the same. Thank You! Amen.