In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win. To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup,[a] but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow-boxing or playing around.
( 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 Living Bible Translation)
Believe it or not, I am a runner! Running runs in my family...running started before I was born into this world. Running is in my DNA and that is what I USED to do for quite some time! What did I run to and from? Running to the wrong relationship after relationship, running to the wrong group of friends with no progress, running to alcohol to suppress and avoid hurt, running to depression, running with a lack of identity, running with weight, and ultimately running from GOD and the calling He placed on my life because I wanted to live life my way on my terms.
Do you know that there are some races you’ve got to quit, you’ve got to stop, and you’ve got to give in? Running the race of SIN is not one you will win, you will lose EVERY time! There is no joy or freedom in that race, but by the GRACE of God, HE will RESCUE you and be there for you at the finish line when you fall and come to yourself!!! Yes ma’am and yes sir, that was me! I’’m not ashamed to say that I was running in SIN...running in circles and running after everything but God! However, when I got tired of running on empty, He rescued me and did not leave me where I was, I picked myself up and got back in the RIGHT RACE!!! I was running well before, but I allowed too many things and people to hinder me, including myself!!!
So, I got back on the right track, and in the right race after I thought it was all over, and I am still a RUNNER but with peace and a purpose! I’m running this new race with patience and endurance...I’m disciplining my body so that when I preach to others it’s not all talk and I’m not disqualified!!! I AM A RUNNER!!! I run with my cross! I run in faith to obtain a prize that’s imperishable! I RUN with Christ to obtain my crown! I RUN with freedom! I RUN in healing! I RUN towards holiness and righteousness! I RUN with love and joy!
This race is not easy! Running is not easy, but with practice and the coaching of CHRIST , I am able to do all things!!! I do not RUN alone, I RUN with the help HE has sent me...help that will push me forward, help that will train with me to ensure we both win, help that will heal when I want to fall and quit, and help that will give me strength where I am weak. This race does not have to run by yourself.
I focus on WINNING! I am a runner who wins! I run with the goal in mind! I run with the faith to FINISH the race! I AM A RUNNER! You too can be a RUNNER headed in the RIGHT direction.
I encourage you today, tonight and the rest of the year, lay aside EVERY weight and the sin that entangles you, and RUN with endurance the RACE that is set before you!
Peace & Blessings,