What race are you running? Are you staying in your lane? Have you stayed the course or do you feel like you have dropped the baton?
We are all running our own race in life. A few examples of the different journeys we face are:
- trying to lose weight
- believing a family member will dedicate themselves to Christ
- waiting for healing from a sickness
- overcoming the loss of a loved one
- learning to trust after many failed relationships
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run [their very best to win], but only one receives the prize? Run [your race] in such a way that you may seize the prize and make it yours!” (1 Corinthians 9:24 AMP)
We must realize that every race is different. Some races are short like the 100m dash, while others are much more time consuming like a marathon. In relays, you are just waiting for someone else to do their part. No matter which race you’re in, it is your fight of faith. It’s crucial to stay in your lane and not cross over into someone else’s. Focus on what you are trying to accomplish and don’t compare yourself with others. Hold onto the Word and do not let go. Rehearse the Word consistently and build your faith muscle with patience.
There comes a point in each faith fight where you just feel stuck. You are waiting, waiting, and waiting some more. The continuous wait can cause you to become hopeless. That is why each day we must consume our daily bread that the Heavenly Father has provided.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
While running your race, be careful not to disqualify yourself by speaking unbelief. God watches over His word to bring it to fruition. The work is yours to do, but the results are always up to Him. We are the planters and the sowers of the seed, but the Lord is the one who brings the harvest. The enemy would like nothing more than for you to believe that your race doesn’t matter or that you are wasting your time on things of the Lord just because the harvest hasn’t come.
“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left.” (Proverbs 4:23-27 MSG)
If you find that you have dropped your baton, pick it back up. Go back to the promises of His word and choose to believe the things He says about you again. Yes! You will be approved for that loan! You will get the job! You will be promoted! You will have that baby! Your marriage will work and your business will succeed!
The faith race is not given to the swift. You must develop endurance. It does not matter if you’re in first, second, third, fourth or last place. All that matters is your alignment with God. There might be a bump in the road or a hill to climb. Stay the course. It's not how you got there that matters. So keep moving. Don’t look back!
I want to leave you with some Scriptures to look to for guidance:
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” (Romans 5:3 NLT)
“I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.” (1 Corinthians 9:26-27 MSG)
“But those who wait for the LORD [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.” (Isaiah 40:31 AMP)
About Terrica Mitchell
Terrica is a native of the Bahamas and currently resides in North Texas. She’s married to Jhevasse Mitchell and they have three wonderful children together. She is a lover of God and His word. During her down time she spends time writing, meditating on the Word, and exercising.