“Let us run the race that is before us and never give up.” – Hebrews 12:1
A few holidays ago, my mom gave me a daily devotional prayer book for Christmas. It was called Grace for the Moment, Volume 1 by Max Lucado. The book has a bible verse and a short inspirational paragraph that often goes along with the verse for each day of the year. I try and read it everyday. If I miss a day I will often sit down and catch up on the readings after a long or particularly difficult day. It has helped me through the rough days and brought a smile to my face during the good days. The book always has a way of making me stop, think and reflect — even if for just a moment.
Here is one of my favorite passages, especially because it deals with running:
“The word race is from the Greek word agon, from which we get the word agony. The Christian’s race is not a jog, but rather a demanding and grueling effort to finish strong.
Likely you’ve noticed that many don’t. Surely you’ve observed there are many on the side of the trail? They used to be running. There was a time when they kept the pace. But then weariness set in. They didn’t think the run would be this tough. . .
By contrast, Jesus’ best work was his final work, and his strongest step was his last step. Our Master is the classic example of one who endured. . . . He could have quit the race. But He didn’t.”