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Running a marathon

"Therefore, since we are encompassed with such a great cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." (Hebrews 12: 1 MEV)

Your life is not what you think it is. You can be strolling along, with not a care in the world, under the impression that you are in control of yourself and of what your life will be like, and suddenly you discover that none of that is true.

Your life is not your own, all sorts of things can happen to you, and your life circumstances can change with the speed of a single phone call. Like when your doctor phones you up one afternoon and says, "We've got a problem here. You'll need to come in."

As you walk along the lobby to the operating theatre, let me assure you that any pride you had in your body, or in your thinking, is knocked right out of you. As you walk past the other theatres, all of them busy, and you realise how many people are being operated on what is just another Thursday afternoon, you quickly wise up and understand that you are just another piece of meat on a conveyor belt. As you lie back on the operating table, you cannot help thinking that the robot above you which is about to slice and dice your guts just might be the last thing you ever see in this world. Pride in yourself? Not any more ..

If you're fortunate enough to survive major surgery, then you soon discover that you're not doing a 400 metre race - once round the hospital, cross the finishing line, pick up a medal and exit the stadium. No, you're running a long distance race - a real marathon. And if you're going to make it, then you have to do several things.

First of all, jettison all the non-essential things in your life.You wouldn't go out your front door and attempt to run for 26 odd miles with a rucksack on your back and carrying a big dumbbell in either hand now, would you? Get rid of any extra weight in your life then ... 

That may mean giving some things up that you have always enjoyed, and which you want to keep in your life. But athletes who are training for a marathon have to get their priorities straight, and they set aside the sweeties and give up the booze ... you can do the same, just go through your life - and be ruthless about it.

Doing that may be necessary, but it's clearly not sufficient. You also have to be mentally tough. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Don't give up, don't even contemplate it. Because here's the thing - if you're watching a marathon, you don't only cheer the athletes after they've crossed the finish line, you cheer them on while they're running the race - you encourage them to keep going.

"Therefore lift up your tired hands, and strengthen your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame go out of joint, but rather be healed." (Hebrews 12: 12-13 MEV)

As you're running the marathon of life, always remember that God is behind you all the way. He's cheering you on! If we get our priorities right, stay focused on what is important, and stay tough, then we can reach the finishing line in good shape.


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