2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)
16 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
As a long-distance runner I have always loved Paul’s analogy of the Christian life.
A journey that is not a quick dash but rather a long-haul, pavement pounding, heart-wrenching, soul-enriching marathon.
One that takes plenty of preparation, planning, and bucket-loads of perseverance.
To be able to come to the end of my own days and say, like Paul, that despite everything life threw at me I still managed to keep the faith would be quite an achievement.
Yet it’s one I’m aiming for, training for, and hoping for.
Knowing that by Gods grace I will finish the race, and finish strong.
prayer : help me to persevere, keeping the faith no matter what
action : encourage a fellow brother and | or sister in Christ to persevere