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Run the Race!

Hebrews 12:1 “Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

I read a story recently about the origin of the marathon and how the event was born out of the legend of the Athenian courier Pheidippides, who in 490BC ran from the site of the battle of marathon to Athens with the message of Nike (‘Victory’) before promptly collapsing and dying.  Around 2500 years later the idea of recreating such a long-distance test was revived by Baron Pierre de Coubertin – the founder of the Modern Olympics. 

Today, around 800 marathons are run annually around the world!  It’s mind blowing to think a feat that once killed a man is now so widely accepted and seen by many as a huge accomplish.  This story mirrors the Christian faith so well. Marathon training can be difficult, arduous, and at times, painful but those who endure and complete the race receive the reward! Christian faith can feel similar at times, but those who endure their training on their path to a deeper relationship with Jesus through scripture reading and study, prayer, and loving others will receive the gift of righteousness.  So let us not become weary and give up in our pursuit of a life led by our Creator, but let us endure because of the joy that awaits us…the joy of knowing and running the race with the champion and perfector of our faith!

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