Each day, I look at my treadmill with contempt. That hour a day I set as my goal to walk on the enormous piece of equipment sometimes seems like a complete waste of my time and energy. Yet, I know I must continue to do so if I ever plan to reach my weight loss and strength training goals. I must persevere. I must be patient and continue on the path set before me even when I don’t want, the time and effort will eventually pay off if I continue moving forward.
Published January 20th, 2011 by Amy Wingfield
Run With Patience Toward The Prize – Never Give Up
“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 (NIV)
Our Christian walk should be like that too. It should be a daily exercise of perseverance and patience, constantly getting rid of the dead weight in our lives and strengthening our walk and our faith in the Lord. We do this through the constant discipline of reading Scriptures, attend church services and fellowships. Pray never ceasing and constantly put the Will of God before your own will and desires.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
“I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 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.” 1 Corinthians 9:23-25 (NIV)
As we travel our journey and grow strong in our walk with the Lord, we will find that giving up our selfish desires and Will to the Father is not as hard to do as it once was. Be patience and persevere. Keep running the race set out before you so that you may finish well.
” I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:20-21 (NIV)
“because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:5-6 (NIV)
May you continue to run with patience and endurance toward the prize. Never give up.