Your life in Christ is a race. It is a race that
creates the spiritual growth you need to make it to the end. Hebrews 12 gives
clear and inspiring directions. "Strip down, start running—and never quit! No
extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began
and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost
sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could
put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there,
in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in
your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of
hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls"
(Hebrews 12:2-3, The Message).
What would you think of the runner who gave up when
faced with the first obstacle in a race? That hurdle is meant to give you a lift
upward... not pull you back. It is meant to inspire you to greater growth.
Are you ready to really run your race?
Will you move forward, facing and springing over each obstacle with greater
spiritual growth? Or will you run and hide and never discover the power He
wishes to impart?
Rise above all obstacles in your race, and reach for
His peace and joy. As you run through life with this attitude you will discover
His power to carry you forward over life's times of pain. Refuse to remember
your failures, and look to your finish line. It is His greatest promise, and is
worth the run of your lifetime.