The Race of Faith
1 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, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Training for the Race
Training for a Race takes months of preparation. Time is spent in practice to build strength and endurance. Race participants usually rise early to work out, maintain a healthy diet, and drink plenty of fluid to ensure their body can go the distance. Most are excited just at the thought of completing the full 26 miles. In the beginning your faith is strong. You believe you have what it takes to finish the race. You've encouraged yourself with positive thoughts, thinking how rewarding it will be at the finish line. There’s no doubt you can achieve this goal.
Running the Race
I can imagine Race Day. Standing at the starting line, ready and set. Running shoes tightly laced and that special number on your chest and back. The starting shot rings out. Off you go, full speed ahead. You start with a strong stride but somehow you begin to lag behind. The halfway mark is usually the point where things become trying. That burst of energy has faded away. Feeling tired, your breathing is heavy, and your pace slows down. Spectators are cheering from the sideline. You begin to wonder if you made the right decision. Your faith is shaken and challenged. You want to give up. You notice the markers at each turn along the way. The markers signify the turns, peaks and valley of the trail. With every turn you wonder if the finish line will ever be in sight.
Reaching the Finish Line
When you begin to see the finish line ahead it ignites your faith. It is in clear sight. You start to increase your pace, dig deep down and push through the barriers knowing that the race will soon come to an end. Thinking back over all your hard work, how you started with excitement, all the challenges you faced along the way,(even how you wanted to give up). Finally, you made to the finish line!
I'm on a renewed faith walk. My theme for 2013 is “Active Faith”. In the beginning I was overjoyed and excited. Like most, I've faced difficulties. Even now, I’m faced with markers along the way. Life has given me peaks and valley. In spite of it all, I've kept the faith.
We have to keep the faith. God always prepares us for challenges in our lives. Sometimes we forget that God is with us every step of the way. God is there in the beginning, during the trials, and at the finish line. He is the author and finisher of our faith.