Yesterday, I had the privilege of watching of watching the NYC marathon. I knew I needed to watch my friend run it and I wanted be a part of the experience. Mile 8 was in Fort Greene which is where we happen to meet every Sunday so it was perfect.
But even before I approached the street where my friends were cheering the racers on, I noticed the electricity of the race was moving. I got the chills. As I stood there watching the racers i thought, it truly is such a metaphor for life as Paul parallels running and physical exercise with the gospel.
We are all called to run the race while staying in our own. Another element of the marathon were the encouragers from the sidelines. Like the spectators we are called to support and give hope to those one running their own metaphorical marathons.
Practical examples include sending someone a text, calling, going to lunch coffee chatting walking around your neighborhood face timing and sending money.
The other day I needed to run a key to someone. I had some trouble with the trains- I was turned around took the train back to Brooklyn and had a really tough time trying to get where I was going and by the time I reached Bleeker Street, I needed to run to get the key to the woman I work for in time.
I heard God speak, why aren’t you running after me like this? I thought to myself yikes.
So as this year ends, what do you need to be running after- are you running your metaphorical race? Don’t stop. Keep going.
What is the one thing you want to accomplish before the end of the year?
Hebrews 12 – 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.