I recently ran my first 5K race. I am 53 years of age … soon to be 54 … and I ran for a mile or over for the first time in my life (as I spent the last two months preparing for the race.)
My goal was not to come in first, second, or third place … it was to finish the race and to do so well.
Now mind you, I was in dead last place for over 2/3rds of the course … but I kept remembering the children’s story of the Tortoise and the Hare … and for some strange reason, I kept rhythmically singing a Children’s Church song to myself … “Jesus loves me this I know, the Bible tells me so-o, B-I-BLE, B-I-BLE, B-I-BLE, the Bible tells me so.
And I made it. I survived. I finished the course … and I didn’t finish in last place either … in fact, there were several behind me.
But the point is, I set a goal … to finish the course … and I did it. I won the endurance battle.
Paul reminds us concerning running and finishing the race:
1 Corinthians 9:24-27- “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.” (NAS)
Can I encourage you today to run the race in a way so that you might win? … and I am not talking here about a race where you come in first, second, or third … but of a race of endurance in which you finish … and and where you finish well.
Make up your mind (Daniel 1:8), stay focused, rely on Him … and you can win this race called life … and you can do so well.
It doesn’t matter regarding in the past what has set you back, what has pushed you aside, or what has derailed you, God has a purpose in and for you and He wants you to win.
And win you can/
Just do it!
Oh, and by the way, Did I tell you I am preparing for my second 5K for July 4?