Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I'm Running to Win!

My spiritual daughter, Lindsey, tells me that to run a race you focus on one mile, one quarter mile or one more step rather than the whole marathon. She coaches teenage girls by running alongside of them until their bodies are trained and their pace is strong. She tells them over and over again that they are winners until they believe her. I love to hear her tell of their progress. Starting at the back of the pack, they soon discover that training builds them into leaders.

The spiritual race you are running is not an impossible obstacle course. It is a race that you can win. You have a Coach who will train you and make you strong. He knows you can be a winner and is willing to help you make that dream come true.

Focus on your next step. There is always enough time, enough light, enough knowledge for the step you are on.  Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith. Run in such a way as to win the prize. Use the spiritual disciplines to train yourself daily.  God promises an easy yoke and a burden that is light. He promises everything we need for life and godliness. He coaches and trains us with our qualifications and limitations in mind.

God expects progress, not perfection. Spiritual maturity brings a peaceful rhythm of graceful steps much like a well trained runner's stride. You will be a winner if you do not give up. Are you running to win?

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