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Today’s Truth

Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Hebrews 12:1

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My son was fast, and he ran with a fast crowd. As a matter of fact, his entire track team was pretty fast. In the ninth grade, Steven participated in the conference track meet, running the 1600 meter. (That’s four times around the big circle.) I was so proud of him as he ran like a gazelle around the first lap, about six feet behind the first-place participant. But, at some point during the beginning of the second lap, we saw an unidentified flying object soar over Steven’s head.

“What was that?” my husband asked.

“It was Steven’s shoe!” I exclaimed.

All the fans were laughing and pointing as we noticed that Steven’s left running shoe had come untied, flown heavenward, and landed on the grassy field. But the amazing thing was that Steven never missed a beat. With the right shoe still intact, he ran on. All curious eyes were now on one runner. Would he stop? Would he slow down? Would his sock stay on?

His teammates began to run around the track, cheering him on. “Go Steven! Don’t slow down!”

Surprisingly, he sped up. By the third lap, he had passed the first-place runner by several paces. But then, predictably, his sock started to work its way down his ankle and the toe was flopping like a windsock in the breeze. Undaunted, Steven ran on, his sock flopping all the while. The race became a contest not to see who would come in first, but to see if Steven’s sock would make it to the end.

When he crossed the finish line in first place, the crowd erupted in applause and laughter. He had recorded a personal best!

“Son, maybe you should have kicked off both shoes. No tellin’ what you could have done. You made your best time ever. What made the difference?” we asked.

Steven answered, “I knew everybody was looking at me. It wasn’t just a race anymore. They were watching to see what I’d do. It made me go faster. It made me want to do better.”

Then God began to speak to my heart about what I had just seen. I can run this race called “life” right along with the rest of the crowd and no one may notice at all. But when adversity strikes, that’s when all eyes turn to one small runner. “Will she buckle? Will she quit? Will she turn back?” spectators ask.

But when we press on, despite the struggle of life, despite the laughter of the crowd, we’ll hear the applause of Heaven and the encouraging cheers of our Heavenly Father cheering us on. “Don’t quit! Keep going!” And onlookers will be amazed at the courageous persistence only God can give.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, as I go through the struggles of life, help me to press on with courage and confidence so that those watching will see the peace that only comes from knowing You.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

More from the Girlfriends

Read Hebrews 12:1-13 and note what you learn about running the race with endurance.

How does “throwing off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us” help us to run the race better?

Is there anything in your life that is slowing you down in the race?

Are you carrying extra worry, fear, sin, shame, or guilt on your shoulders? If so, what does this passage tell you to do with it?

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Don’t you love reading stories of God’s fingerprints on the pages of everyday life? My book, Listening to God Day by Day is a storehouse of 100 of my favorite devotional stories all in one collection. Some stories will make you laugh. Some stories will make you cry—And each story will point you to God and strengthen your relationship with Him.

3 Responses to “Keeping Going! You Can Do It!”

  1. JAMIE says:

    I AM AMAZED AGAIN HOW GOD KNOWS WHAT WE NEED AND WHEN WE NEED IT. I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THINGS IN THE PHYSICAL AND BATTLING THE SPIRITUAL. THIS REALLY ENCOURAGED ME THIS MORNING, NOT GIVING UP, NOT LOOKING BACK. I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS, NO TURNING BACK, NO TURNING BACK.

  2. lauren says:

    Eight years ago my son and his fiancé gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. They unfortunately separated six weeks latter. As they were both working but living with there respective families the raising of the baby feel to myself and his maternal great-grandmother, living with each family 1/2 of the week each. It was very apparent that the maternal side really wished my son out of the picture and for them to raise the baby entirely on their own. I am by nature a take charge, not back down, fight for my rights kind of gal but I knew if we made this a confrontational situation there would be no winners and one very big loser, an innocent baby. And so there was only one thing to do and that was to TOTALLY give the situation to God. This also meant giving myself, my nature to God, to become subservient to the other family, to totally back down from my normal responses and trust God to work to change their hearts and minds. And he did just that. We are now eight years latter one big family. We have raised this child together, planned his meals, his clothing, his schedule, we have birthdays and many holidays together, work out finances together and no lawyers only the Holy Spirit. This situation constantly amazes people and has been the greatest testimony of my life. He can and will change any situation but we have to be active participants in our willingness to change(especially when we think we are not the one who needs to change) and to totally trust with unwavering faith. Thank You Jesus!

  3. delores says:

    I appreciate your posts. They encourage me and bless me. Thank you for letting me be a part of your world. God bless you.

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