My girls had to run a timed mile this year in their PE classes. We did some practice runs where I would walk or jog beside them and encourage them as they were running. Father Rob has said many times that a coach helps you achieve more than you can achieve on your own. I absolutely saw this with my girls in these practice runs. They would focus and concentrate on their goal better when I was there beside them.
Today’s reading encourages us to, “… run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,” (Hebrews 12:1a-2a)
I thought about helping my girls with their running when I read this scripture, but I don’t believe that the verse is intending to hold Jesus up as a coach – someone to cheerlead for us and help us win our race of life, but rather he is to be our focus during the race. I think that my presence with my girls, helped them to focus on something other than the difficulty of the running, the tiredness they were feeling, or their desire to stop and rest. By looking beyond their present circumstances, they were better able to persevere in their task.
We are all running the race of life. We aren’t promised that if we focus on Jesus, all our troubles will disappear or that suddenly the race will be easy. We are however given a champion, Jesus, the one who ran and completed the most difficult of races. If we choose to focus on Him, we are promised that we will not grow weary and lose heart. We are all running, it's just a question of how we will choose to run.
How will you run your race?