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Running the race of life

November 16, 2009

… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…

--Hebrews 12:1

If there's one thing we know about exercise, it's that there is no easy way to get in shape. Working out requires a great deal of determination, dedication, and discipline.

Now, if you've ever tried something like running for exercise, you know there are plenty of reasons to give it up once you start doing it. But if you can just stay with it long enough, you'll soon begin to experience the great pleasure and benefits that come from your efforts. 

Well, in today's verse, the writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that our faith needs exercise, too. In fact, God wants you to be a well-trained spiritual athlete, and with this calling comes the requirement of, well, training!

So don't miss the race that God has marked out just for you. There are many things in life that are important, but nothing is more important in the life of a Christ-follower.

Internalize the words of Paul in today's verse. He's saying, "Don't stop now. Keep moving forward. There's a prize for those who run all the way to the finish!"


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Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out

Dear Friend,

Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
If you're like most Christians, you'd probably have to admit those last three words more accurately describe your life most of the time!
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