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You control the race you run

November 17, 2009

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

--1 Corinthians 9:24

The book of Hebrews tells us that as Christ-followers, you and I are running a great race. And I want to tell you something about this race. It is not a sprint. No, the race called the Christian life is a marathon… combined with an obstacle course!

Now, that will surprise you if you think that the Christian life should be easy. But easy things don't build our character or build endurance. God wants you to be strong and healthy so you can love and serve him.

So he has you in a race… but you are in control of how you run!

Some people limp along, starting and stopping, trying to decide whether the race is worthwhile. Others run strong for a while only to get distracted or to stumble out of the race all together.

So what kind of race are you running? Are you running like you don't care if you finish? Or are you running, like Paul said, "To receive the prize"?

I urge you, make your race count. Hold nothing back. Don't wimp out. Run with joy and for his approval alone all the way to the finish line so that you might hear him say, "Well done!"


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