Every Christian’s journey here on earth is a race – a race that must be finished in such a way that they receive a prize when their race is over. God has a purpose and a plan for your life and you must guard against becoming distracted along your way. Having the wrong people in your life can distract you, and trying to live like the world lives is another big distraction. Our past can distract us because it keeps us from looking ahead to what God has planned for our future.
The Bible tells us to lay aside everything that will hinder us from running our race in a manner that is pleasing to our heavenly Father. One thing that will please God is if His children are patient and wait on the Lord in all circumstances. Another thing that will please God is our determination to finish our race for it is not how we begin but how we end our race that is important. Many people will faint along the way. They become discouraged when they are called upon to go through challenges and they just give up and quit. But quitting is not an option. Many have gone on before you. The Bible describes it as that great cloud of witnesses and they are cheering you on; they want you to finish just as they did.
Purpose in your heart that you are going to finish your race in a manner that is pleasing to God and is an example to others who are watching you. Your life is a testimony and when it is all said and done, you will hear the Lord say ‘well done thy good and faithful servant.’