Welcome to my new weekly series “Sunday Devotions” where I will attempt to share with you my favorite scriptures and insights into gospel topics.
Today I want to talk about the scripture found in Hebrews Chapter 12 verse 1 (KJV)
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.“
I love this scripture! I don’t know about you but my life often feels like a long distance race. I sometimes close my eyes and imagine what it will be like to triumphantly cross the finish line of life and fall into the arms of My Savior.
I am not a runner (well not anymore thanks to shallow hip sockets) but I have a lot of friends who are really big into running. Over the years I have observed a lot of things from Watching Runners that I believe totally apply to life:
1- Runners generally live healthier cleaner lives than those who don’t run regularly.
If you want to have strength and endurance you need to take care of your body by eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, not overindulging or indulging in harmful things, and you need to exercise.
2- Runners do a lot of training to prepare for their big races.
If you want to success you have to pay the price to prepare. Preparation requires time, thought, effort, and discipline,
3- When they run, they hold nothing back. (Heart, Might, Mind, & Strength)
It takes great patience and wisdom to know when it is time to pace yourself and when it is time to push yourself beyond your known limits in order to succeed.
4-They are strengthened by the cheers and support of their family, friends, and people on the sidelines.
It’s amazing how much strength and spirit you are given when you know that you are not alone, other’s are cheering you on. Sometimes our strongest supporter’s are people we don’t even know.
5- They don’t give up even when (no especially when) the going get hard.
Racing and life both have hard moments. It is when you push through those moments when you feel like you can’t go another step, that you often find that you were wrong. You are stronger than you think.
6- They gain immense satisfaction from completing the race (despite how many finished before them.)
Yes you want to win, but sometimes winning is a matter of finishing the race, not necessarily being the first across the finish line.
When we all finally cross the final finish line of life I pray that we turn around to to see that we all made it, and can then rejoice together as victors!