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Reflections from Sunday: How to Finish This Race

How to Finish This Race

We would love to run a race on a downward hill slope. We’d let gravity do most of the work while we simply coast to the finish line. Unfortunately, there aren’t any races like that, at least not for believers. In this life we will have mountains, hills, bumps in the roads, winding turns, rocky places, and even some stumbling blocks.

Paul spoke to the church of Corinth about how unbearable some of the obstacles in His life were.  He even went as far as describing one of them as a thorn stuck in his flesh. (2 Corinthians 12:7) We all can attest to having our own thorns that could hinder us from running this race. Those thorns could be low self-esteem, anger/depression, past pain and hurt that hasn’t been forgiven,  or even guilt.

We have seen these issues come across our paths, but what we must realize is that God’s grace is stronger than all of them and our faith in this is what we need to continue the race. If you were running in a race and you came to a mountain, you wouldn’t give up all the effort you’ve put in up to that point. Sometimes our problem is the fear of what “could be” on the other side of this mountain. We will ask ourselves hundreds of intimidating questions and quit due to uncertainty before even trying. Faith is not the opposite of certainty: Faith is having certainty in uncertain situations.

Running this race with faith means that even though you shouldn’t be able to make it up that hill, you have assurance that God’s strength will see to it that you will. Obstacles, don’t mean stop, they mean look up to God and keep going. There are blessings and greater experiences to be had when you put faith in God and keep running the race. Before you know it, the mountain will have already moved for you. This race is set up for us to win, but we have to hold on to faith to finish it.

Faith is just like any other muscle. The only way to build it is to use it more often.

Make today great

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