Run to Win

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.

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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?


About jgarrett1958

We are married partners since 1977 who are proud of our children, grandchildren, and ministries. Our passions are Christ, each other, our family, and healthy families-at-large.
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