We all have felt the pain of heartbreak and disappointment. We all have trials and struggles in this life. We are all running a different race, and we cannot compare our race to another. Runners keep their eyes forward while they run. They waste time and energy looking over their shoulder at other runners. Focusing on what is behind you slows you down. We must keep focused on the finish line. We get weary at times. The race seems to drag on, we are tired. We lose sight of where we began and cannot yet see the finish line. At the beginning of the race we burst out of the gates full of energy and excitement. At the end of the race we see the finish line getting closer. We draw closer to our reward, we begin to pick up the pace just a little, the burdens seem lighter and we finish strong.
Which part of the race are you running? Are you tired and having trouble seeing the finish line? Be encouraged! For one day, you will be able to say like the Apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).