Daily Delight

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I hate running. I mean, seriously hate it. Not only that, but I am not great at it not do I look good while doing it. I typically am hunched over, head down, slowly shuffling along hoping that my couch to 10k chimes so I know it's time for me to start my minute of walking. The only reason that I continue to run is because I know that it is good for me. 

And as I reflect I can't help but see parallels between my running experiences and my spiritual life. My takeaway has been this: it's all about your posture. Too many times in my faith "run", I have found myself bent over, nose to the ground, going through the motions of following Jesus because I know it is what I am supposed to do. I forget what I am running towards or why I even started running in the first place. And the reason it's so easy to forget what I am running towards is because I am too busy looking down! 

In any sort of running race, whether it be a 5K, 10K, or a marathon, the runners keep their eyes up and fixed on the horizon as they eagerly search for the finish line. They have a purpose. A goal. A finish line. When you know where you going, it tends to make things a little easier. 

Sometimes I get distracted. I look down at the path the Lord has me on wondering why He didn't put me elsewhere. Or I look over at someone else's path and wonder why they seem to have it so easy. I am too busy looking everywhere else except where I am headed and that is towards Jesus. Our goal as believers is Jesus Christ.

We should be running as hard and as fast as we can towards Him. He is our goal. Our purpose. Our finish line. In 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV), Paul says, 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. Let us run like we are trying to get our prize! We weren't made to simply go through the motions of following Christ. We were made to follow Him with purpose, with direction, with hope, and with a goal in mind. My prayer is that you and I may run wholeheartedly towards the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. May we remember to look up and keep our eyes on the prize! 

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About the Author

Sarah Robinson≫ ≫Sarah, originally from Atlanta, currently teaching high school history in Nashville. Sarah loves all things cooking and playing hostess. She believes that something special happens when people gather together for a meal. Sarah believes in the value of deep, authentic relationships rooted in the love of God. She is a dreamer and envisions one day writing books, adopting precious babies, and feeding all who walk through her door. You can read some of her thoughts at itisforfreedom1@blogspot.com and check her on Instagram at @sarobinson13


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