Run Your Race to Win Your Race

Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Everyone has a race to run.” That just means we all have our own lives to live. And as Christians, God has a specific purpose and plan for each of us.

The apostle Paul says to us in Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (NKJV).

Part of what that means to me is to keep going, even in the midst of the difficulties in life. Much of life is just ordinary, everyday living. Yet a lot of what happens comes in the form of challenging situations, from little annoyances to serious burdens.

Hard times happen to us all. It’s how we handle the situations we face that matters most. Second Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Keep Moving. I once kept a record of all the petty peace-stealers that happened to me over a period of time. They were things like injuring my back … breaking a nail. I left some luggage on a plane, and had a water leak in my humidifier. I hurt my arm doing stretches for my injured back, twisted my wrist, spilled a red drink on a white couch … and I lost my pants at a spa! Some were small irritations; others were more serious.

But what I learned from this experience was simple: “Stuff” happens in life. But we don’t have to let what happens keep us from fulfilling our purpose and serving God with our whole heart. It’s just a waste of time getting upset over petty things. If you don’t know what to do in a situation, just do what you do know to do and keep moving forward.

We must learn to keep going in the midst of difficulties. One way to do that is to get your mind off yourself and help someone else. We all have problems, but our problems don’t have to have us! I believe part of our victory comes as a result of our determination to just keep moving.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 90 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit