I am not a fan of jogging, its actually my nemesis. Last Saturday, I was challenged because our agenda is to do conditioning the whole training time and the first one on the list is my dreaded exercise jogging. So we started jogging around Frontera Verde area at first I was okay trying to keep up with the pace but as I continue on I feel tired and gasping for breath. So I told my buddy can we slow down a bit we started to walk briskly but we’ve never stopped as soon as we are both okay we picked up our pace again then as we reach the last round we had our last sprint and finished the workout.
It dawned on me that as we go through life, there will be moments also that we wanted to give up. This happens especially when you don’t feel appreciated or when we are not the one who is in control and no matter how hard you try it seems like your best will never be enough, feels like a complete waste of time, effort and emotions.
This feeling of mine is the same as the character of Harold Abrahams, a British Sprinter who is obsessed with winning in the film Chariots of Fire. Little did he know that he will be soundly beaten by his rival Eric Liddell in a 100-meter dash leading up to the 1924 Olympics. Abrahams’ response is in deep despair. When Sybil, his girlfriend tried to encourage Him but he responded with anger saying, “I run to win. If I can’t win. I won’t run!”. On the other hand Sybil responded wisely, “If you don’t run, you can’t win.”
This life is full of twist and turns, that even Christians aren’t exempted of trials and disappointments. That makes us want to give up even in serving the Lord. But Paul, challenges us to keep running no matter what happens along the way.
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may WIN”
– 1 Corinthians 9:24
We are called to run FAITHfully, we run for the honor and cause of God’s kingdom and His eternal glory. If we falter along the way – If we quit serving God or give in to sin because of our difficulties we risk losing a rich reward we could have received if we run our best. Do feel tired just like me?
Brethren, don’t give up take time to slow down and look up to God ask for His help. This helps us to be aware why are we running and who are we running for. That is why it’s called running FAITHfully, this requires us FAITH in order to finish this race that God has set before us. And we are blessed because we are not running this race alone. God has blessed us with brothers and sisters in Christ who can help us. Remember, during our jogging conditioning I have a buddy who did not leave me and at the same time encouraged me to keep going .
At the edge of giving up, this gives us an opportunity to learn how to trust God even more. Hold on to God and hold on to His promises that He will never leave you or forsake you as long as your heart is fully devoted to Him. (Deuteronomy 31:6) Be strong in the Lord, for as long God is by your side you know for sure that victory is by your side. as you run keep the end goal in mind Sybil was right. “If you don’t run, you can’t win”.
But the question is… who are you running for?
Why do you run at the first place?
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