Finishing the Race

Photo courtesy Ernst Vikne from Skien, Norway (CC License)My dreams are not often vivid or memorable, but I had a dream last night I actually remember.

I dreamed I was running a race. It was a course I’d run before. I had on my running clothes and my bib was flapping in the breeze. I was moving along at a good pace and enjoying myself.

I suddenly realized that I was running the race alone, that the customary markers along the course were missing. A bit of panic swept over me. Where was everyone else? Was I running on the wrong day?

Then I thought to myself, “It doesn’t matter if no one else is running this race. I’m going to finish it anyway.” As I picked up speed, I woke up.

I’ve been thinking about my dream all day. I’m grateful that I don’t always have to run alone, though I realize there are some who have to run all by themselves. Sometimes we are called to pass through a Gethsemane of loneliness. We all pass through those times, and I know those times will pass for you as they have for me.

I’ve started a lot of things than I haven’t finished, but I am determined to finish the race of a lifetime. I’ll let the apostle Paul say it:

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify [of] the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24.)

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (NIV 2 Corinthians 9:24–25.) 

Finishing that race strong is the most important thing you and I can do, for ourselves and for those who look to us for strength.

I have a wonderful family and great friends, but I feel alone sometimes. It’s part of the deal when you live away from your heavenly home and Parents. Even though I feel lonely at times, I know I’m really not alone. Neither are you.

Here’s a bonus: If you are feeling discouraged, watch the story of Tim Hurst, a one-legged marathon runner and karate teacher. Amazing.

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