I really enjoy the movie Secretariat. If you haven’t ever seen it, I strongly reccommend it. There’s something so spectacular about a winner’s spirit, a fighter’s heart and a faith that could move mountains that just fires me up! I have a passion to see people win in life, to rise above despite of their circumstances, not shy away from the battle and become mighty, leave a legacy, and show God’s true power and strength.
Job 39:21-22 “It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray. 22 It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword.”
Running the Race
My husband and I were training for a triathalon a couple of years ago and it happen to be my first experience with running. Since I’d never run before, I had to train my body to learn endurance and how to sustain a pace for a period of time. a few months into the process, I’d gone out for my morning run and my left knee began to give me trouble. There was a sharp, tight, pain behind it that would twinge every time my foot hit the pavement. My first instinct was to stop running and get the weight off of my foot to ease the pain, but as I slowed down to evaluate it, the pain got worse. So I regained my pace and steadied. The pain was still persisting, but if I tried to slow down, even to just walk, the pain was so bad I would limp and hop around, so I had to stay at a running pace to keep the pain manageable.
I had two choices, either I finish my course and deal with the situation after I get home, or I turn around and run straight home and be done for the day. I decided I was going to finish my course, since it hurt either way, I wasn’t going to shy away from the pain and turn around. After about 15 minutes more, I realized that somewhere along the way, the pain had left, my knee loosened up and I was running my full pace and close to done with the course. Once I realized this particular pain worked itself out if I pushed through it, it never deterred me again. It would show up now and then, but I paid no mind to it, and ran through until it subsided.
We all have a race to run. A physical, mental, emotional, and most importantly a spirtual race. We each have a course laid out, we have to train, endure, overcome and build muscle to the harshness of life. We have to be ready for battle, ready to stand firm for the finish, the fire will come and when it does you’ll be stretched, challenged and often times discouraged. Decide to run your race whatever the course is, and make your decision final no matter what adverse weather or pain may come.
Hebrews 12:1b “…and let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us.”
Run For the Prize
1 Corinthians 9:24 “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.”
When Christ came to suffer and die for you and I, so we could live freely, all that the law required was one drop of His precious, and spotless blood to settle the debt, but instead of just the one required drop, Jesus gave it all, He bled every last drop of His blood from His body on that cross, even so that as John 19:34 says, ” Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.“ Water ran from His wounds because that’s all that was left in Him. That was the example He left for you and I. When you consider how to run your race, whatever you do, run your race with passion, with purpose and with the prize in mind.
If you start a business, work hard at it. If you sign up for an event, train for it. If you’re married, give 110% of yourself in service to your spouse. If you’re in school, study for tests. If you want next level living and have a committment to God, run to Him with wild abandon. Whatever the race, dig deep, give it everything you got, lay everything on the line and run for the prize.
Finishing the Race
Anybody can sign up for a 5k, enroll in school, get married, read a page in the bible, say a prayer, start a job, workout for a day, go to church once a year or try anything. What separates the winners from the rest is your committment to see the thing through.
You’re going to go through tough times, school gets boring, parenting is stressful, jobs are demanding, change is frustrating and you’ll be tempted to give up and turn back, but DON’T DO IT! Stay the course, follow through, finish strong. Anybody can start something, it takes guts, strength, faith, and passion to finish it.
2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
(Justin, Evelyn -our 2nd daughter- and I posing before the Heart of the Lakes Triathalon, 2010)
Blessings as you run the race that is life!
Suggested Books to Read
Reaching Your Dreams – Tommy Barnett
The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
You Can if You Think You Can – Norman Vincent Peale