Running the Race
This is a short inspirational piece from my book "Humbled By His Grace."
Here is what I want you to imagine- You are running the track and all of a sudden something comes from the left, hits you in the side so hard it almost takes your breath away, but, you don’t stop, you just keep running. Your focus is on the finish line. Something comes from the right side, you still continue to run. Now you see this big boulder blocking the course, but you run around it, because you know beyond it, the finish line is still in existence. Your ability to run the race without stopping required some training. You didn’t just wake up one morning and decide you wanted to run track with the ability to excel. You had to train yourself how to breathe correctly, how to place your feet correctly, and even how to hold your arms. The same thinking applies to killing your giants. So let’s replay the same scenario.
You are running the Christian race and here comes the spirit of lust on the left side. It looks good, but it doesn’t compare to the prize (your wife or husband) at the end. The spirit of pride hits you from the right, but you keep on running, because in the midst of your running you have become humbled. You don’t care that you have sweat running from your face and now your hair is all out of place because your focus is on the FREEDOM that lies at the end. You’re running your race and there sits the spirit of fear and all of its friends rolled up into one to discourage you from running further, but you have been training in the word and you know that all you have to do is run around it. Beyond that spirit of fear is the Spirit of Freedom that has been placed to receive you as you are, all sweaty and funky, with your disheveled hair. Praise be to God, because he doesn’t care what you now look like from the outside; he cares that in spite of all the obstacles that came from each side and that stood in front, you continued to run the race. He cares that you cast aside all doubt and fear and trusted that He was with you every step of the way. He doesn’t even look at the time it took for you to get there. All that matters is that you made it. And you made it because you carried His word with you.
Learning how to breathe correctly taught you how to inhale His word so you could exhale it in times of trouble. Learning how to place your feet correctly taught you how to allow God to order your steps and learning how to place your arms was so that God could carry you in your moments of weakness.
So as we run our races, remember it is the Word of God that will carry us through to the end. Don’t pay attention to the people running on the side or in front; we each have a different course to run. That course leads to a different purpose. The same freedom, but a different purpose. When we’ve received our freedom and have become aware of our purpose, we are now in a better position to pass the baton and cheer the next person on as they begin to run their race.
We do not have to run our race alone or poorly equipped. Training through His word does not guarantee perfection, but it does warrant undeniable growth. The things that stand in our way are temporary barriers to keep us from an eternal reward. Don’t give up!