Pastor Tim continued in the series “No Regrets” by pursuing Paul’s second statement in 2 Tim. 4:7- “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race…” Unlike the choice we have with the fights we choose to fight, our races are not optional. They make up God’s sovereign plan for our life.
Paul’s “race” was primarily to be God’s spokesperson to spread the Gospel all over the Roman Empire; to Gentiles, to Jews and to kings (Acts 9:15-16). Paul’s race was not an easy one, yet he stayed focused on it.
Run the race that God gave you to run, it is uniquely your race to run! (Psalm 139:13-16) The race God gave you to run includes your:
- Physical frame (the parts you like and the parts you don’t. The parts that work and the parts that doen’t)
- Unique skill set
- Your intelligence
- Your vocation
- Your marital status
- Your children or that you do not have children
- Your past; hurts and mistakes and bad choices and all
No matter if you totally like or understand your race, you are asked to run the race God gave you to run.
Run the race that God gave you to run to the best of your ability. There will be a day when we will give an accounting to how we ran the race to the One who gave us the race to run! Jesus illustrates this in Matt. 25:14-27. Our goal at the end of our race is to hear: “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Run the race that God gave you to run with endurance. Most races, or at least parts of most races, are not easy. They are hard. And some are tempted to quit, give up, get mad at God, get totally frustrated and discouraged. (For encouragement for your race see Hebrews 12:1-3.)
A few more ways to run with endurance:
- Pray honestly and openly about your race to God.
- Take it a day at a time.
- Find “running buddies” to encourage and support you in your race.
- Keep an eternal perspective.
- Look for pockets of joy and enjoyment along the way.
Our morning message ended with a story of strength, perseverance and inspiration from Christy Fisher who has struggled for the past 6 ½ years with unannounced drop attacks, causing her to often injure herself. Through the past two years of treatment, her health is improving. However, she has come to realize that a part of this may just be the race she has to live with moving forward in life. She has chosen to take joy in the small blessings—sometimes the things the rest of us take for granted. And, she has chosen to be thankful through it all.