Putting God's Word into Practice…

Philippians 3:12-4:1 ~ Keep Running

on December 22, 2012

I fancy myself somewhat of a runner–jogger is more accurate.  I like setting a course and setting goals.  I love the turnaround when I know I’m on my way home.  I know I won’t run forever–each run comes to an end. I like the process of running, but I love the finish line!  That is where the revelry and celebrating takes place.  That is where I get to rest and experience the joy of a great accomplishment.

I’ve probably written about this before, but a couple of years ago I trained for a half marathon.  All early registrants received a bib with their name on it!  I can’t tell you how inspiring the simple phrase, “Keep going, Tracy, you can do it,” was as strangers saw my name on my bib and cheered.  Along the way, there was pain and fatigue, but I had to press on!  I wanted to achieve the end result of finishing strong.  I wanted the medal!  

Two Dangers of Looking Back–Mile 3 was a really great mile for me, I had some pain and overcame even caught up with a friend who was running ahead of me.  When I reached the 4th mile, if I had looked back I could have been content with overcoming some obstacles, considered it a victory and not continued on, or I could rejoice and use that as motivation to keep on running strong.

Mile 10 was really difficult, when I got to mile 11 I had two choices–I could look back to the difficulties of mile 10 until I quit or be thankful that struggle was over, fix my eyes on the finish line and press on to cross it.

Thankfully I pressed on and did receive the completion medal that said, “Champion,” on it. I attribute this to several factors–people along the way encouraging me, not looking back at my shortcomings or successes, and keeping my eyes on the prize.

I say all of that to say, that Jesus is calling out all along the the race of life, and He is waiting at the finish line of my life saying, “Keep running, Tracy, you can do it.”  Only He is no stranger!  He knows my name and He has already run the coarse and finished!  There have been victories and failures in my past, but I cannot cling to them, I must press on!  I cannot fix my eyes on my physical needs and personal gratification along the way, getting side tracked and disqualified from the race.  I must fix my eyes on Jesus my Champion.

My prayer is that when my life on earth is done, I will have run it in such a way that the finish line will be a sweet place of rest and rejoicing.  That I will get that completion medal that says, “Champion.”

Philippians 3:13-14 But I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us.

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