Some days, it seems impossible to catch our breath. Thinking over everything that needs to be done is not just overwhelming, it seems impossible. The here and now always seems to escape us. It’s time we start chasing the moment or it might pass us by. Now is the time!
But, before we can find our pace, a few questions come to mind: Will we run with perseverance? (Heb. 12:1) Will we run and not grow weary? (Is. 40:31) Will we run to win? (I Cor. 9:24)
Over the centuries, running has acted as a metaphor for this life and our relationship with Christ. It is a grueling activity. Much like life, running challenges one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength. If one becomes weak than all suffer.
Running to win involves preparing emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically. In fact, Christ says we are to love him with our heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Mk. 12:30)
But, what does that look like?
1. Heart (Prov. 4:23): “Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.”
2. Soul (Psalm 138:3): “On the day I called, you answered me; you made me bold with strength in my soul.”
3. Mind (Rom. 12:2): “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
4. Strength (I Chron. 16:11): “Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face always.”
You and I sit at the starting line of each day waiting for the gun to sound; to send us off on the next leg of this race called life, but are we able to hear it?
Shakespeare wrote, “Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible.” Life is not as it seems. Christ came to us to make the impossible, possible. Starting your day alone was not his plan. The gun has sounded, and the race is being run by those who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
No matter how complicated life gets and how tired you feel. Run to win!
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