Running the Christian Race

And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

I Corinthians 9:23-26

Paul says here that he is living the Christian life like he is running a race.  That is a great comparison.  But, too often, when we think about racing, we think about sprints.  Today, sprinting is the race that gets all of the glory.  But I think the idea behind this analogue is more along the lines of a long distance race.  Life is not a sprint.  Life is more like a marathon.

In a marathon, sometimes the running is easier and sometimes the running is a little more difficult.  In a marathon, you are going to stumble from time to time.  You are going to start to lose focus here and there.  You are going to want to just quit.  You might even fall down.  If we do fall down, lose focus, or stumble, we need to get back up and keep running.

To often, as Christians, we stumble or fall and we just never get back up.  We just stay where we have fallen.  But, if we stay laying there where we have fallen, we are never going to finish the race.  In our Christian lives, stumbling and falling might cause us to not get as far as we otherwise would have gotten.  But we can still get up and we can still keep going.

No matter where we find ourselves today, we just need to keep running.  If we have fallen, we need to get back up and keep running.  If we are sitting on the sideline, we need to get back in the race and keep running. How are we doing?

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