Life is a marathon…sometimes we are ahead and sometimes we are behind. It’s a long distance race, and we are in it for the long haul….until we take our last breath.
The beautiful part of the marathon of life is…we are only running against ourselves. So stay calm!
The race is long and there are many obstacles that are waiting to trip us up. We need lots of self confidence, courage, and faith to get us to the finish line.
The days that I am ahead …I work hard to keep the momentum. I wish everyday would be the same. I love the feeling of contentment and the pride that comes as a reward for running well. But that’s not reality.
Thinking loudly here:
What about those days when I am lagging behind and I feel like a failure and there are no cheerleaders in sight?
Chances are…there will be tears…and my close friends “Nobody cares, and Nobody loves me” will be hanging out with me.
Sometimes I just need one good cry even if I’m not sure why I’m crying – 🤔 😏
So what’s next?
I am allowed to cry….but I’m not allowed to give up.
So here are my pick-me-up thoughts:
#1. Pace yourself. We are competing with ourselves. Worry, anxiety, fear and doubt slows us down. Pull down every vain imagination and every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
#2. Increase your stamina. It’s never about speed but it’s all about being resilient. I will get tired but I must keep moving. Let us not grow weary, for we will reap a harvest if we do not give in. The race is not for the swift, but for those who endure to the end.
#3. Talk to yourself….fill in your name in the blank “And ——– found strength in the LORD.”
Using our thoughts to feed our soul is a must to stay in the race of life. Whatever is of a good report, think on these things. Find strength in the LORD. Rest when needed and pick up the pace when reenergized.
#4. Don’t forget to smile for the finishing photo. We are surrounded with people who are looking on at us. So run well and finish strong. No quitting now. Get rid of anything that slows us down. Keeping our gaze on Jesus.
Wrapup thought: Don’t become discouraged and stop trying.
Here’s hoping that we all finish strong.