The Race

“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 12:1-2

I am not a runner.  Ever.  Unless being chased.  So this is a verse that seems so beautiful in theory, but it doesn’t resonate with me.  It overwhelmed me.  It seemed like a project I could never tackle.  So I didn’t want to enter the race at all.

Until now.

I began reading Christine Caine’s new book “Unstoppable”.  She opens the book by describing the women’s 4 x 100 meter race at the Olympics.  How every runner plays an intricate part of the whole team winning the race.

And it clicked.  We are not out here running this race alone.  It’s not a one man show where I am responsible for running this entire thing by myself.  But I do have a part in the race.  It’s my job to run the part God’s called me to run.  To start when He says go.  And to let go when it’s time for somebody else to take the baton.

This is the part that gets tricky for me.  I have a hard time letting go.  Of people.  Of seasons.  Of control.  I have a hard time trusting that the next person is walking with God & they will run their part of the race beautifully.

It makes me think, how often do we cause the race to slow down?  To cause a delay, a bump in the road, or try to run a race we were never meant to tackle alone & grow too weary to actually finish the race strong?

If only we would let go & trust the next person & God to handle the next portion of that race.

What may you be hanging onto that you need to let go of today?  What season is God calling you to end?  What do you need to pass onto the next runner & trust in faith that the race will be completed beautifully & strong?

I’m challenging you, dear friends, let go.

Your race is not over.  But God may be waiting for you to move onto the next.

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