Running the Christian Race

I wrote this back in October after I went for a run. God gave me some amazing thoughts to ponder upon. I would like to share them with you and I hope you are blessed by them.

The Christian life is like running. You start to run and you feel pretty good for the first mile or so. Then after awhile the pain sets in. You have shin splints, stitches in your side, your breathing is irregular. The next few miles seem like forever. You come to the bottom of a hill. The top seems miles away, but you have to run it to get to the top. The pain is excruciating and you want to quit. But before you give up, you see the top and the hill levels off.

In the Christian life, we start out feeling amazing. Christ has just entered our lives and we have a fire in us that we think is unquenchable. But then the pain sets in. The real world starts attacking our lives. The devil makes us think things that aren’t true. He will start to play with our self-esteem. He will tell us that we are not good enough, not smart enough, and that we are not worthy of God’s love. We might deal with sickness, family problems, financial problems, etc. Everything seems out of sorts. So now we are in a valley. The top of the hill is miles away. Our problems of the world keep making the distance longer and harder. But Jesus promises us this in John 16:33 – “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

But just when you are about to give up, you look up to see the Father. He is waiting at the top of the mountain with his arms open wide.

So run. Run your hardest. Do not give up. For Jesus awaits you in heaven. Phillipians 3:14 – “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Prayers & Blessings,

Lindsay