Hebrews 12:1 NIV - Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Keep Reading...
Do you know that there is a race marked out for you? Many people spend time running, exerting energy and accomplishing tasks, but it's all pointless. They have missed the race marked out for them. How sad it would be for an Olympic athlete to train for years and then miss the actual race in the Olympics!
Purpose is not found in giving 100% effort. It is found in running the race marked out for you. God has designed your course to fit your design as a unique individual. He created you "fearfully and wonderfully" (Psalm 139:14). All the days ordained for you were written in his book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16).
How can you persevere in the race marked out for you? Fix your eyes on Jesus (Heb. 12:2). He ran his race to show you how to run yours. He endured great sorrow and pain by focusing on the joy that was to come. So too, the success of our race is not contingent on your speed or lack of obstacles. It is dependent on your ongoing focus. Once you take your eyes off Jesus, you begin to stray.
Don't try to run someone else's race. Seek God for his unique path for you. Now run with perseverance. Don't give up. Your Father is cheering you on.
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