You train for marathons and races. It is not easy. You know what you have to do. Be in shape. Run with all you got. Focus on the finish line.
When life hands you a race it is the same. We all have races to run. It could be an illness, disability, aging parents, becoming a new parent, an unbelieving spouse, a shift in our belief that has us questioning, children that are wayward, loneliness, isolation, marital issues, grief, sorrow, etc.
We are called as Christian’s to run the race before us.
Hebrews 12:1 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.
Back in September 2001 our precious daughter suffered a major brain injury. I knew than that the race we had ahead of us was gonna be one full of valley’s. We had a decision to make. Do we pound our fists and blame God or do we dig deep into his word and find our hope in him? We choose the second. This event changed our family dynamics. We daily have to look for hope. We daily have to give God control. In the beginning our hope was small and there have been many trials. The one thing that amazes me is my growth in Christ. I had to place all at the throne of God and allow him to be in control. Now, I have not done this well all the time but it’s a growth process. There are times that I am trying to control circumstances and the Holy Spirit nudges me and asks me when I am gonna give up trying to do it and give it to God. There have been times when I am flat on my face begging and pleading to God to take it and I feel him say to my soul, ” This is the race I have called you to run. Run it with strength, power, focus and passion in me. I love you so much, place your hope in me, you can do this, you know me and I know you, run!”
So, what is your race? Are you in spiritual shape for it? Dig deep in God’s word. Get to know the creator. Pray without ceasing. Praise him for the blessings that he gives you. Make an effort to find those blessings daily. Surround yourself with other Christians for support and encouragement. Be grounded in Christ.
2 Timothy 4: 7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept my faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
That is my goal. To run this race, stay focused on my relationship with Christ and have faith with all my heart and soul. To allow God to be my coach. He is the best qualified! Don’t get me wrong. Tough times are ahead and life is mean. God is bigger and his power is stronger. He can pull you out of pits that you have dwelled in for a while. He delivers us from ourselves. He delivers us for His glory. Have the determination to finish the race. Focus on the finish line!