Read: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Hebrews 12:1 “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,”
Chris Couch was only 16 years old when he first qualified to play golf at its highest level on the PGA Tour. He was quickly declared the next golfing prodigy and a surefire success for years to come.
Life, however turned out to be more of a grind. Chris did not enjoy a sprint to success but endured a marathon that would take 16 years and 3 different stints on “mini-tours.” Tempted to quit, Couch persevered and finally, at age 32, became a Tour winner for the first time when he captured the New Orleans Open in a thrilling finish. His persistence had a paid off, but it had not been easy.
In his book” A Long Obedience in same Direction,” Bible teacher Eugene Peterson reminds us that the Christian life has much more in common with marathon that with a 100-meter dash. Peterson says we are called to persevere in the “the long run, something that makes life worth living.”
With the grace and the strength of Christ, we too can “run with endurance” this race of life (Heb. 12:1). And, with our Lord’s example to help and encourage us, we can, like the apostle Paul, run to win the prize of “an imperishable crown” (1 Cor. 9:25)
It’s always too soon to quit. —Bill Crowder
O for a faith that will not shrink,
Though pressed by every for,
That will not tremble on the brink
Of any earthly woe. —Bathurst
Run the race with eternity in view.
Source: ODB Vol.14
Here’s a song for you. 🙂 “Press On by the Wilds”