The Race

I have been thinking a lot about discipline and obedience. Being a runner and knowing the importance of good training and getting myself out for a run even when I don’t want to is an essential part of being successful at finishing a race.

I know it is by the grace of God that I have the things I have. I also know there are more days than not when His strength is the essential part of every accomplishment and overcoming.

But I wonder, what makes us stronger?

I know that as this journey I call life moves through the good and the bad I get stronger. I know that with Christ I can do more. I can look back and say “I never thought I would survive that” and yet know that with God I was able to do just that. My faith grows with every new day.

As my faith grows, I hunger for more strength. I want to know more of God, speak to Him more. I have my eyes on the prize, so to speak.

Hebrews 12 Discipline in a Long-Distance Race 1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

So, I wonder. With grace and God’s strength, is it possible to be more prepared for the race if I am disciplined and obedient?



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  1. Great post Angela. Regarding a relationship with Christ… it may be too simplified, but do you think that maturity and strength correlate? As one grows, shouldn;t we expect the other to grow as well? BTW – I feel the answer to your final question is an overwhelming yes!

    1. yep! I would definately agree that maturity and strength go hand in hand. I think it is a process, discipline and obedience lead to knowledge and wisdom, that leads to greater faith and ability to stand on the promises of God which in turn leads to a stronger or more mature dependance on God which grows our strength…. and it all comes back to the moment we accept that Christ moves in us and through us and it is he that gives us the desire to seek Him more.

  2. I have found in my own life that God’s strength really and truly is my ONLY strength in life. Yes, I become stronger and more resilient by being faithful and disciplined; yet even within that, the less of myself that is involved with the process, the more dependent I am on Him, the better I am able to deal with whatever is thrown into my path. By His strength and dependability alone I am His daughter and growing in Him.

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