Run The Race – Finish Well

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”
Hebrews 12:1

Loading my Craig’s List purchase into the trunk of the car, excitement consumed me — a jogging stroller.  Limited with various neurological challenges, this stroller could be my all terrain gait aid of independent reintroduction to several lost abilities.

Running had been a love of mine 20-plus years ago in my pre-diagnostic life.  One resolution for the new year was to attempt a 5K.  Locating an upcoming 5K for breast cancer (love for a friend), my heart sunk at the six-week time frame to train.  After a month of physical struggles ending in a few days of bed rest, I was deeply discouraged and defeated.  My scripture reading that day was:

“Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. “ Ecclesiastes 9:11

Though I am physically weak and slow, I felt the comfort of the Lord embrace my spirit with His words.  I thought of a recent series of sermons entitled Finish Well.  I dropped the weight of comparing “who I was before” and embraced “who I am now.”  Divine-inspired endurance (patience), renewed my will with strength to continue training.

The night before the race, I lay in bed thinking and praying.  Comparing life with racing, I thought about the sermon series.  “Run the race, finish well.”  Strenuous weeks of training and worry dissolved into a peaceful calm.  That night, my prayer was simple, “Lord, I will show up and see what you have planned.”  The Lord took a middle-aged grandma with neurological limitations, pushing a jogging stroller with a backpack loaded with bottled water, to the finish line with an impressive time.  With a willing heart and total surrender, I finished well.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7

In contemplating the purpose of my life, the race reaffirmed spiritual truths.  God can still use me, with my physical limitations, as long as I have a willing heart… “to press on in Christ Jesus.”  Life is a struggle.  Doubt, fear, and an attitude of defeat are weights…  “keep the faith, fight the good fight.”  Show up.  Run the race.  Finish Well.

“Dear Lord, I thank you for your comfort and strength, for your unconditional love.  Thank you for guiding me and using me beyond my expectations.  Help me to always have a heart surrendered to you, to lay down my weights, to run my race.  I want to finish well.  I love you.” Amen

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

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~ by Debbie Richardson on March 12, 2013.

One Response to “Run The Race – Finish Well”

  1. Thanks for sharing – God bless

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