If two people line up to run a race and one has prepared and practiced and built up his muscles while the other has not, when they are in position at the starting line and the gun is fired, the runner who is prepared will run the race with greater confidence, speed, strength, and energy.

If you are to run the race that is set before you, it takes daily strengthening, exercising, and living the lifestyle of a runner. It takes laying aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely, and setting your affections on things above rather than the things of this earth 1.

As you pattern your life according to My Word, and walk in My love, your spiritual muscles are strengthened, and you are able to continue running the race that is set before you with the endurance that you need for the days ahead. You can run with joy, knowing the future that awaits you.

Your time on earth is preparation for your eternal future which is ahead. Learn to walk in My Spirit and to live according to My Word. Strive to let all your things be done in love and to work in harmony with others. Draw near to Me, and I will draw near to you 2.

Remember to run the race set before you with patience and endurance 3. Make sure to come to Me when you are weary, breathe deeply and pace yourself. Learn from Me and I will give you My promised rest for your soul and strength for the journey 4.

  1. Colossians 3:2
  2. James 4:8
  3. Hebrews 12:1
  4. Matthew 11:28–29