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Running Aimlessly or Running Well? Part 3



“Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly” (1 Corinthians 9:26).


You remember the coaching you were given about your posture as you run. Your arms straighten out, your head goes up, and your speed immediately increases. You notice a runner falls behind you. Then another. And another. You thank God that His ways are always the best. Our own ways and following the teaching of the world is folly. Now you are in a beautiful stride. You ask the Lord to help you continue in His strength and His ways.


Take some time today to stop and ask the Lord whose voice you are listening to as you run your daily race. Are you listening to the Holy Spirit and the words of the saints who wrote the Holy Bible? Are you turning back to your old ways of doing things? Are you letting fear or anxious thoughts sweep back in, or are you standing firm on the Rock that is unshakable? Are you giving up on what the Lord has purposed for you to do right now because you feel tired and “over it?” The Holy Spirit will help you keep running. If you have stopped, confess this to the Lord. Ask Him to link arms with you and get you back up and going. Let us run in such a way as to get the prize.


A Moment to reflect:
  1. Whose voice are you listening to as you run your daily race?

  2. Is there any fear or anxious thoughts that are holding you back from standing firm in Jesus and on His word?

  3. Are you giving up on what the Lord has purposed for you because you feel tired and "over it?"

Let's read this again in a posture of prayer: The Holy Spirit will help you keep running. If you have stopped, confess this to the Lord. Ask Him to link arms with you and get you back up and going. Let us run in such a way as to get the prize.


"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith" (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

By Sue Corl and Nancy Martin; an excerpt from For Such A Time As This: Walking Through Crisis *A moment to reflect is added for this post.

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