Lately I’ve started running quite a bit for cardio training. And as I run, I listen to music but I also meditate on the Word of God. This morning, when I started running, I kept looking at the time on the machine. Suddenly a verse came to my mind.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (TNIV)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For a while, I asked myself what it meant for me personally. Throw off everything? What exactly would I be throwing off? As I looked up and straight towards the horizon, I imagined myself running on the tracks in the field. The word “focus” came to me. It reminded me how I should stay focused as I run this race. The race I am mentioning here is my personal walk with God as I continue to grow, while holding on to His promises.
I have spoken to a few friends who run in marathons and I know that in order to finish well, you need to run carrying as little weight as possible. I realized that this is so true, even in life. In my opinion, in order to run well, we must keep our eyes focused on what is ahead – our goal, or prize.
1 Cor 9:24 (TNIV)
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.
Sometimes I wish God would give us spiritual blinders to prevent us from being distracted by what goes on along the race. Horses wear blinders to prevent them from being distracted. Many a time, I think I need a pair too. To me, throwing off everything means letting go of the past and moving on. It means that no matter how alone I feel when I am being misunderstood, I will keep on keeping on to finish this race and reach my destiny.
When I ran this morning, I sensed God speaking to my spirit that He is running with me and therefore, I will reach my destination.
Why did I embed this video? Because I find Eric Liddell such an inspiration. And indeed, God honours those who honours Him.