“Well, they say the race can only have one winner and you know you’ve got to pull out front to win. God knows the only time I’m winning, is when I’m chasing Him.”
~Andrew Peterson, Chasing Song
I dont like running. I get tired, sweaty and my side always hurts afterwards. I dont see how people find enjoyment from running to be perfectly honest. Yes, they maybe in shape for doing that, but what about the process? The actual act of running doesn’t put you into shape. Heck, if I wanted to be tired, sweaty and having my side hurt, I could sit on my couch for 8 hours eating a whole gallon of ice cream on a hot August day with no air on.
In the physical sense, I hate running. If you ever see me run, something is really wrong or Im really excited bout something. Spiritually, I could win metals for how much I run. “But you see I’m running from the very clothes I’m wearing. And dressed like this I’m fit for the chase…” (Derek Webb, Thankful) In my life, I have ran away from what God wants from me in many different ways. If Id just walk down this path the Lord has planned for me, instead of running my own race, Id probably have a lot less pain in my life. Now, I believe that the Lord uses my faults to His glory, for this I am very thankful, but I still do have my faults.
I dont understand why I think my race is so important. If I live my life for God, then isn’t His path the only track I want to be on? It seems simple enough, but I dont make it easy at all. But who ever said it would be easy? No one, but He told us we’d never go alone. Thats the promise I cling to, that no matter how many of my own races I run, Hes waiting for me to grab my side in pain and cry out for Him. Hes right there waiting to refresh me with His great love which I will never understand.
“..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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1b-2