Recently, I had the opportunity to compete in the Firecracker 10K race on July 4th. Race time conditions were ideal with temps in the 60’s. The course was a bit hilly and challenging. Along the way, there were bands, singers and even crazy guys dressed up as Elvis. At pre-determined intervals there were water stations, where you could refresh yourself before continuing on your way. Toward the end of the race (mile 5), there was a decent hill for all of the runners to scale, followed by a nice long downhill decent. But the race was not over. You still have another mile to go!
This year I have also been able to run a 5K and a half marathon and in 3 weeks, I will be running the Bix, a grueling 7 mile, hilly race.
It doesn’t matter what race a person decides to run, all runners are interested in one thing, crossing the finish line.
This reminds me of a passage from 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
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. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
I am a slow runner compared to those who won this race. Did it discourage me from running? No. I was out there to do my very best and beat my best time at 10K distance, and I accomplished that goal.
In life, we have two choices, we can run the race that God lays out before us, or we can run our own race and follow our path. The path that God lays out before us will be challenging. It will have hills and valleys. Good times and bad. Times of thirst and times of refreshment, but in the end, He is there to welcome us.
Hebrews 12:2 says
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.
As I was approaching the end of the race, I kept focusing on the finish line. I wasn’t concerned about the people around me or the people trying to run me down from behind. I wasn’t concerned about the last 6 miles of the race. My eyes were on the finish line.
No matter what you are going through right now, may I encourage you to fix your eyes on Jesus? He doesn’t promise an easy “race”, but He does promise a great after-race party! Keep your eyes on Jesus!
If you do not yet have a relationship with Jesus Christ, and would like to learn more about it, please let me know.