Finish Your Race with Joy

These last couple of weeks have been wearying for me. Not for any particular reason, just the responsibilities of life can be overwhelming at times. One can only sprint for so long before needing a moment to catch their breath.

I read Acts 20:24 this morning and it brought strength and conviction to me:

 “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

Lord willing, I am nowhere near finishing the race, but these thoughts came to mind: 

Finish- The importance of starting is one thing, but how we finish is equally important. Make sure to set a stride in life that you can maintain. Keep breathing, take water breaks, but don’t give up. We may fall & scrape our knees, but let’s be determined to FINISH. 

My race-  If I am honest, this is probably my greatest area of weakness. It is so tempting to watch others in their races and get jealous or compare or question what God has set before me. I need to finish my race. Stay in my lane. Do what I can, make mistakes, learn and grow, and run with those who encourage and push me to be the best version of myself (not try to be someone else). This course is about us running toward Christ and all the while being made into His image. 

With JOY- Oh, how easy it is to lose joy in the mundanity of life. My favorite runners to watch are those whose default facial expression is smiling. Sweat dripping and strained muscles, but through it all they are just grateful to be running. The race isn’t any different, only their attitudes are. Along the way, let’s commit to having fun and enjoying life.