Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 37--Faith, Not Fear: RUN YOUR OWN RACE

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TODAY'S SCRIPTURE FOR REFLECTION:   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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (New International Version)
OPENING PRAYER:   In your opening prayer, in addition to anything else you want to pray about, ask God to put you in places and situations where you can tell others about what Jesus has done for you. (My pastor, Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, says this at the end of each sermon and I’m glad he does so as it reminds believers of their obligation to share Christ with others.)
Run Your Own Race

                           A long time ago.
                                     In a city not too far away…

I was on a track team, believe it or not. : )

I recall coaches and other folks saying, “You gotta run your own race.”

Unfortunately, I ignored that advice. It basically meant that you shouldn’t try to run like other folks in a race. You should know your own strengths and running style and stick to that. In other words, if you have more energy at the end of a race, use that. If you get tired near the end, conserve your energy, etc.

This phrase came to mind when I saw info on the news about the Marine Corps Marathon being held this weekend in Washington, DC.

“Running Your Own Race” can also apply to how we deal with our problems. Your friends and family may handle problems in a fashion that is not suited for you and your relationship with God.

As we approach the final days of our devotional, my prayer is that all of us are running our own race on faith and not fear.

ACTION ITEM:  Research candidates and issues that will be on the ballot in your area this Tuesday, Nov. 2. Pray for guidance about your voting decision.

Also pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and help you to deal with your problems and ask Him to be of comfort to those on your prayer list.

Until tomorrow, have a blessed weekend!

CLOSING PRAYER: For the remainder of our devotions, please pray about whatever the Lord places in your heart and mind. I also ask that you pray for me as well. I pray daily for everyone who comes in contact with these devotions and feel blessed as a result.
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