Let us run the race with endurance that is set before us.
In June of this year I started training that I hoped would result in being able to run a 5k.
No small undertaking for someone in their 60’s.
It has been many years since high school track and football, probably the last time I made a serious attempt at running anywhere.
The app I downloaded to my phone to track my progress was helpful, complete with an e-coach who encouraged me periodically that I was doing a “great job”.
I discovered early on that my expectations of my progress was different than the reality of my progress, but motivated by the challenge I forged ahead (also motivated in no small way by the 80 year old guy who passed me frequently).
Finally after eleven weeks I arrived at the last day of my training.
The task as it was the two previous days of that final week was to jog 30 minutes.
With music in my ear and app in hand I started out.
About halfway through I passed some friends I had not seen in some time who gave me a thumbs up and I continued on.
Just a few minutes later my phone died…
I stopped, restarted my phone hoping that the app had saved my progress.
Did not happen…..
At that point I had the option of trying another day, or starting over.
As I was walking trying to decide what to do I passed my friends again.
I briefly explained what had happened, they encouraged me to keep going.
And I did
In Hebrews 12 the writer encourages us to run with endurance.
Enduring doesn’t always involve physical endurance. Sometimes it involves mental endurance. Continuing the race when things, go wrong, when you have to start again, when you really don’t want to.
Sometimes God places someone in your path to encourage you to keep going, keep running the race.
I have no doubt He placed Nathan and Michelle there that day for me.
And it encourages me because if God cares about something that small, He certainly cares about all the other races I have yet to run.
Lord give me the opportunity to encourage someone today as they run their race.