“Don’t think about the start of the race, think about the ending” Usain Bolt
It took me a while to start my blog because I was running all the negative scenarios through my mind. Will anybody want to read what I have to say? Are people going to criticize me? Do I know enough to write about? But then I reflected on the main reason I was doing this. God placed some ideas inside of me that He wants me to share and who am I not to be obedient?
At the end of the day, what matters most is being obedient to His will. So, I shake off all my reservations about what man thinks and press on towards the mark, running the race set out before me.
I decrease so that He can increase. I expose my weaknesses so that His strength can be revealed. Forgetting about anyone else that is in the race, focusing on the finish line, focusing on his strategy and securing the victory for him.
Do you have a plan that God has given you to do but you are hesitating? Do you have a goal you are seeking to achieve? I like this passage in Hebrews 12:1 which says that “therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles us. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”. We have a hall of fame of witnesses (Hebrews 11) who traveled the road of faith and they have set an example for us to follow.
Never let anyone distract you from your race. Be like an athlete, focus on your goal and not the goal of others for you. Instead of looking at man, we look to Jesus who is our champion who initiates and perfects our faith (Hebrews 12:2)
Sometimes we have to tune out the negative voices whether real or imagined and focus like a laser on God’s purpose for us. At the end of the day, we are all unique, we all have different paths to travel. We are all running in different lanes.
I hope that by running my race I inspire you to pick up your mantle and start yours. To let go of all reservations and trust that God has got you. To spread your wings and fly like an eagle. To trust that He will be there to guide you. To know that there will be tough times but even through the tough times He will be there with you.