Have you ever ran a race, competed in a tough sport or been in a competition of some kind?
I can remember the first 5k race I ever ran quite vividly. They don’t call the trail “Psycho Path” for no reason. I can remember times in the race when I legitimately thought I was going to pass out or my legs were going to give in. Now, of course this was no marathon by any means (I’m sure Jason can give a much better idea of what that feels like!). However, when you are running uphill on the side of a mountain, a completely flat marathon would have been much more inviting.
I love that God gave us these passages and was using it as a metaphor for life. We are in one long race. Sometimes there will be moments that seem like an uphill battle. Sometimes we’ll be coasting along at a nice pace and then boom you’ve sprained your ankle. Other times you’ll be running downhill having the time of your life. In those tough moments, fix your eyes on Jesus and run the race as well as you can. There will be no greater reward than hearing the Lord say “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
I hope these verses can be a challenge to you to do everything in life with vigor and throw off anything that might be a hindrance.