“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.” (Hebrews 12:1).
In the famous movie, “Chariots of Fire,” there is a scene of athlete Harold Abrahams reviewing a race with his trainer. He had lost the race by mere seconds. To his chagrin, he had momentarily looked around to see where the other runner was at. This small act had made the difference between victory and defeat.
In the Christian race, also, we are tempted to look around to see what’s happening with the other runners. We compare our lives with the lives of others. It’s funny, when I compare my struggles with the struggles of others, I seem to have more. When I compare my successes with the successes of others, I seem to have less! What is the result of such comparison? I begin to doubt the goodness of God towards me. Feeling short-changed, my enthusiasm drains away. Discouragement sets in. My feet begin to lag. I don’t run as well.
“Those who compare are not wise,” the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:12.
We are to throw off everything that hinders. That means we are not to ask, “How am I running in comparison to others?”
We are to run with perseverance the race that’s marked out for us.
God has marked out a specific track for each of us (Psalm 25:12). He is our personal trainer instructing us how to run the race. He wants us to look to Him.
Looking to Jesus, boosts our confidence. It energizes us to run our absolute best.
Lord Jesus, help me to run my race with perseverance and joy. I look to you for my strength and inspiration.
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