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Run the race

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I finally did it.  My first race since being a senior in high school…nearly 20 years ago!  To be honest, I was a little nervous.  Not because I had anything major riding on the line, but because I finally put myself out there in front of others.  We lined up at the starting line, I rested my hand on my watch button, and…we were off.  Pacing.  That was the name of my game.  I wanted to find a comfortable pace that I could run consistently.  My goal…8 minute miles.  The course was pretty easy.  Not too hilly, and it was a 5K, so the distance wasn’t that big of a deal.  Yet my heart beat faster than normal, my breathing was more prominent, I was pushing it a little harder.  I hit the 1/2 way mark, glanced at my watch and it read around 12 minutes.  I was on pace to meet my goal.  After running a couple more hills than I remembered, I could see the home stretch.  That’s when I heard the pounding of feet behind me.  I was being overtaken.  I was at the end of my ability that day.  I didn’t have anything left in the tank to race this competitor.  As he ran past me, I resolved that 8th place wasn’t that bad, 7th was looking good, but I could live with 8th.  But deep down inside, I wanted my position back.  I kept my eyes forward, kept my pace steady and then opportunity struck.  He let up about 10 feet shy of the finish line.  I seized the opportunity and surged forward, not knowing if I could beat him to the line, but with all I had left, I crossed the line one step ahead of him.  7th place.  It was mine again.  The reward was sweet,  I felt accomplished.  Not only did I finish the race, but I had met my goal of time, and in the end, I dug deep and found a way to pull out one more place.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Life, especially the christian life, is a lot like that race.  In fact, the bible makes mention of racing in several passages.  2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”.  Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”  1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that in a race, all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.”  The idea behind these passages is about perseverance and determination.  Not to win a prize in the earthly perspective, but to stay true to God’s word, keep our eyes on Him and strive each day to live for His glory, winning the battle against Satan and reaching every single person on this earth with the gospel message.  This will lead to the ultimate prize in Heaven.  Hebrews 12:1-3 says it best, “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, scoring 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.”

While it was great to accomplish my goal in that 5K race, It was a beautiful reminder of the ultimate race I am running daily and how the same determination to be steady, bold and unafraid will help me run and finish a strong race.

Lord, may my life today be a reflection of the race you have called me to run.  May you word be hidden in my heart and may I be bold and determined to run for you with the goal of sharing your message of grace and of hope.