Do you remember reading in scripture about running the race? Here it is:
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Our life can feel like a race sometimes! We are running here, running there, taking kids here and there, maybe caring for aging grandparents or parents. It could be our schedules and what we have chosen to get involved in. We might find ourselves over extended. It may be like my case, where there is a move involved in your life. Whatever it is, I find great comfort in this verse! Let me share some thoughts:
- We are surrounded by fellow believers
- We need to throw off anything that entangles us
- We need to persevere
- God has marked our race or our life
- Fix our eyes on Jesus because there is power there and our faith will be increased
- There is joy amongst the hardships
- He sits at the right hand of God
- He endured and took our sin
- He did it all so we would not get tired, weary, and lost heart
That can preach!!! I feel the weariness in life at times. Maybe you feel a bit of fear at the things going down in the world today. It is very unnerving. But, we know the end of the book! Just as in this verse, we have to keep our eyes on the end game…we win! We are given eternal life. We will see our loved ones one day!
So this is a reminder to you and I on this day. Our time is not God’s time. Make your time count! Stay strong. Stand strong. Press in and press on! Who is cheering you on in your race? Today is a good day to let them know how much they mean to you. Our “witnesses” surround us! What a comfort!
Walking the journey with you…
4 thoughts on “Running the Race”
Great encouragement, JoAnn. We are in a race—it’s not a sprint either…more like a marathon!!! 😊
Yes and I am a “becoming” of getting in better shape; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! Thank you Jesus that is allows us so many opportunities to trust Him. Sometimes I feel I could you a few less lessons, but I know He has a plan!
Yes, I do have a few surporters out there.You are one and my best friend Carol is one too.i just learned a few weeks ago she is moving to Oklahoma. God is my number one supporter without him I would not make it.
Thank you Karen and I’m sorry hear your best friend is moving. That is a very hard adjustment. And a far away move too! I will keep you on my prayer list and ask God to bring you someone like Carol into your life! Hugs to you!