OK, so let me start this off by saying I am NOT a runner. Like, I attempt to run, but to be honest I’m the girl way in the back that is more worried about the meal that I’m going to treat myself to after I finish the run. Sometimes I get these crazy ideas and just act on them. For example, in college I decided “hey, I’m going to run a half marathon” out of nowhere to challenge myself and see what would happen. Well I ran the race, slow as molasses, but guess what – I did it! 13.1 miles later and I survived. This is still one of the greatest physical/mental accomplishments I have had up to this point… because for me running was more of a mental game.
*Shayna and I contemplating how to roll our way off the field after the race.
The other day I was scrolling through instagram and thinking about how things for me right now feel stagnant. I know that I am progressing with things and moving forward with my education, but it’s a difficult process. Being a full time student at times can feel like you have 50 million things to do and at the same time be stuck in the mud and going nowhere at all. But you know what I was doing in that moment? I was comparing myself to those around me who seem to be moving forward and doing great things. Looking at the pictures and glimpses of others who “seem” to be moving faster.
Life is like a race. A wonderful, difficult, tragic, and magical race. The book of Hebrews says, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith…” There is a race set before each of us that looks very different. The bible clearly states that it is the race set before US meaning me and you. And guess what – the race that is set before you is probably going to look a lot different than the race set before me.
Like I mentioned before, I finished my half-marathon, but man was I slow. However, how did I know that I was slow? Because I was comparing my pace to the pace of those that finished the race first. You know what the Bible does not mention in those verses? The pace at which we run the race. Just because you are in a season of slowness doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong. Sometimes we see others lives from the outside and imagine that the pace at which they have achieved certain things is much faster than our own.
Endurance. Scripture clearly points out that we will have to endure through the race. Not how fast or slow that we move, but the obstacles that we endure. Through the process of preparation for the half-marathon I had to endure many hardships. Throughout life we have to endure many seasons that produce different qualities of fruits of the spirit if we allow them to.
So here it is – Let us fix our eyes on our OWN race, not continually sharing side glances and comparing our pace to the pace of those surrounding us. Encourage one another in the race that is before us and set your eyes on the goal – knowing Jesus and sharing His name and love with many.