I recently took up running…well walk/running, okay…jogging? Anyway, I am training to go from my couch to a 5K first and then eventually do a Half Marathon in a year. Lots of time…but there is still training that you have to do, as there is in life as well. I came across this article on Tumblr recently and I had to share it because it is so appropriate as to how we should live on the road of called Life.
Philippians 3:14 has always been a favorite verse of my sister, Pam. She was a very successful track runner in High School and she still enjoys it today. She had it posted on her wall in her closet so that everyday when she opened the door to get ready for the day she saw the verse.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ” NIV84
I like it in the New Living Translation and The Message
“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” NLT
“I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” The Message
Check out this article…amazing advice that we need to follow.
Life is like a Marathon
by Naeem Callaway
1. Pain is part of the process. There’s no way to train for a distance race without having every part of your body hurting at some point. It’s the same in life. Pain means we’re growing; we’re being stretched beyond our limits. In life, God always uses our pain to bring about growth.
2. Stay in your lane. In life, we’re so quick to measure our progress against other people, but God never wants us playing the comparison game. His plan for each of our lives is masterfully unique! Run your own race and don’t be prideful of anyone you’re outpacing and don’t be discouraged by anyone who is outpacing you.
3. Keep Moving Forward. You might not be going very fast, but always keep moving forward. The Apostle Paul write that he was, “forgetting what was behind and straining to reach the prize that was ahead.” Don’t focus on how far you still have to go…just keep taking one step at a time. God will always give you strength for that next step until you finish the race.
4. Stay hydrated. With running, if you don’t have enough water in you, you’ll never finish. In life, if you don’t have the Living Water (Jesus) in you, you’ll never finish.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.. Hebrews 12: 1b, 2a NKJV