“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!” 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT)
We all have our own race to run.
We all have our own weaknesses and unique strengths. We each have differing proclivities toward sin and temptation. We have individual gifts and talents given to us by God with specific intentions in mind.
God is seeking to do a new thing in each of us … but He requires our willing consent. He requires our willing participation.
Are we running our own race well?
Are we running to win?
I’ve been asking myself and God the same questions, and as I have, I’ve been prompted with this:
- Am I guarding my areas of weakness? Yes, I know what many of them are, but am I moving cautiously in those areas, seeking help & support, and inviting God into those areas? God knows all about my weaknesses too, and He longs to help me in them. Am I willing to turn to Him and allow Him to do so?
- Am I working to establish new habits and practices that make me stronger? Both in order to capitalize on my areas of strength and also in order to gird up my areas of weakness? New habits require practice and repetition. God wants to do a new thing in me. Do I? Enough to do the work?
- And when I fall down and make a mistake, am I willing to get up? Am I willing to look at and learn from it? Am I willing to examine my thoughts & emotions around the event? Am I willing to bring them boldly to throne of Christ? God already knows all about me. My strengths, my weaknesses, my proclivities to sin. And He loves me anyway. That’s why He died for me. So I can come to Him with all of me, without fear of judgment or shame.
I want to run my race to win. Even though I get scared sometimes and even though I mess up, I want to run my race to win. And I cannot do that if I refuse to be a willing participant with God.
I want to run my race to win. I believe you do too.