Run the race.

Day 320 –

Its time we run our race.

Hebrews 12:1-2, ” Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a crowd of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

I guess you could say I’m a racer by chance and a runner by choice.

I enjoy running so much that no matter where I am or where I go I always pack my running shoes just in case I have time to run.

Racing on the other hand is a different story.

To race you must train, and depending on how long your race, accounts for how much you need to train.

Daily, all Christians are running a race for Christ.

We have to constantly be in a state of training: physically, emotionally, and mentally. This training can be grueling, much like a marathon.

Today, as I was training for my upcoming marathon, I replenished my body fluids by drinking 12 ounces of milk and 12 ounces of pickle juice. Sounds odd right?! Well, I lost so much salt through my sweating that on Mile 18 I got physically sick. This concoction is the only thing I’ve found to replenish the types of fluids that I’ve lost, making me feel better almost immediately.

In running this race for Christ, the difficulties we endure will naturally cause us to lose the salt of life, but if we keep our focus on Jesus, the perfecter of our faith, by reading the Word and praying daily, He will replenish and grow our faith, making us as salt into this world.

Another difference between a run and a race is in the people watching you. If you just go for a run, nobody’s going to be out watching you, but if you are out running a race, there will be crowds on every side watching and cheering you on. They want to see if you’ll make it; some will doubt your faith but others will hold out Hope that you will keep on keeping on.

It’s the same on our race with Christ. Everyone is watching your every move. “Will she fail? I think she’ll make it. How is she doing it?” All of these thoughts being thrown around. Ideas of how you’re doing swirling through the crowds. So what are you to do?

Keep your eyes set on the finish line, Jesus. Push aside every reason to quit, and get out there and run your race!

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