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Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before
When God gives us an assignment we must carry it out to the end, regardless of the circumstances or the task.
A few years ago I started running, which I had never liked to do. Even when I was on my junior high school track team, I could barely make it around the track 1 time without stopping. So I threw the shot put. I was quite surprised that I suddenly had a very strong desire to run, but I knew it God had given it to me. I had gotten to a point where I not only wanted to run, but I became very passionate about it.
I started out running the path in the park near our home. The first day I ran .3 miles and within 6 weeks I was up to 4 miles consistently.
Eventually I started running in an area of my community that contains a few shopping centers, which rest along a state highway. The sidewalks are paved, the terrain is smooth and there are very few inclines. Since I started developing problems in my knee, the change made it a little less painful. It was also nice to be in a well-populated environment and the sound of the constant traffic flow was soothing.
As I enjoyed my new activity, the Lord would often reveal Himself to me in various ways. The new path was no exception.
One day, during the last .25-.50 mile I began to get tired; really tired. There was a part of me that wanted to stop running and start walking. But I began to have a conversation with myself:
"I'm almost there." "I can do this." "I really don't have very far to go." "All these people are driving past. I know some of them are watching me. I bet some of them are thinking that I can't make; that I won't finish."
"I imagine there are some people who see me and are thinking 'look at her. If she can do it, I can.'" and are cheering me on. I could almost hear them telling me to keep going.
And keep going I did.
I knew that I was an example of what the Lord can and will do for His people; the idea of people supporting my efforts encouraged me to continue my path; and I wasn't about to give those expecting me to fail the satisfaction of being right.
It was during that last stretch when the revelation came. As Christ’s ambassadors, we need to apply the same principle to our lives.
Someone is always watching us. Some are even depending on us without our knowledge; some are encouraged/inspired by our lives; some – although it might be only a few – will actually support our determinations; and some are waiting for us to fall flat on our faces to say, "I knew it. I knew she wasn't going to make it" or "I told you so".
We must remember that our lives are not about us and as God's people, we have the responsibility to stay in the race, no matter how rough the road gets. Our tenacity and perseverance can mean the difference between Heaven and Hell; life and death; freedom or bondage; love or fear; or self-worth or self-condemnation for others.
Thus regardless of the haters, supporters and spectators, we have to press on for the namesake of our Creator.
Don't quit. When you can't see a way through.....
Don't quit. When your body is wracked with pain....
Don't quit. When your pockets are empty....
Don't quit. When your heart has been broken.....
Don't quit. When your relationships are on the verge of breaking up.....
Don't quit. When it seems like everything around you is caving in.....
Don't quit. No matter what comes....
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
I Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.