Run Your Race
August 20, 2014 Vicki Ohlerking

Run Your Race

August 20 2014


My husband and I are at a stage in our life that we are driving from one sport to another for our kids.  Our weekends consist of bleachers, concession stand hotdogs, and coolers of water.   We love being fully involved in the lives of our kids, but it does require us to balance our time with our leadership responsibilities.

Our oldest daughter, Moriah, has a passion for running.  She is currently on the Cross Country and Track team at the High School.   As I attend her track meets I am amazed at the “push” these teens  give to make it to the end.  They are tired, sweating, and out of breath but no matter what they don’t quit and they “push” themselves to the end.

I grew up in a pastor’s home and as a teen I said that I would never marry a preacher… NEVER SAY NEVER.  When Chad and I were first married we had the title of youth pastors and then a few years later our title changed to pastors of evangelism (I’m still trying to figure that one out).  After about three years of marriage Chad was starting to feel the call to become senior pastors and being the supportive wife that I am, my response was, “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!”  I was NOT ready for such a big role and my biggest fear was I’M TOO YOUNG.  When I would think of pastors wives I thought of my mother or my mother-in-law and all I could think about was how different I was from them and there was no way I could pull this “pastor wife” thing off.  God helped me through a lot of struggles our first two years of planting a church, but I would be lying if I told you I still didn’t have some of the same fears today.

But God….  Isn’t it amazing how He knows the exact time to give you a quick kick in the butt? He led me to the scripture Hebrews 12:1-2.  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Immediately my mind went straight to Moriah’s track meets.  Since I am a very visual person I was able to see three steps from this scripture compared to the track meets.

  1. STRIP OFF EVERY WEIGHT – When Moriah runs her race she has the right clothes and shoes on.  She isn’t carrying equipment or heavy material.  In order for me to run the race that God has for me I MUST strip off every weight.  I have to dig deep and get rid of anything that would hold me down (negative thoughts, bitterness, unforgiveness, bad company, addictions).
  2. AND LET US RUN – Moriah will run the 400 meter and she is given a running lane that is HER lane.  She must stay in HER lane.  This is so true for us as leaders.  God has given each and every one of us our own lane and just like Moriah we have to stay in our own lane.  If we cross over into someone else’s lane then we begin to run THEIR race.  It’s also important for us to keep our eyes on our own lane and not look around to see where our fellow runners are.  We each have our own talents, giftings, and callings and when we begin to compare our race with someone else’s race it only puts us further behind.
  3. KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS – Moriah runs with her eyes focused on the finish line.  If she chooses to look around or look behind her she can easily trip or slow down.  Too often we can keep our eyes on things of yesterday and worry, but it only slows us down from what God is truly trying to accomplish.   We must stay focused and keep our eyes on Jesus.

So I want to challenge each of you as I challenge myself daily….run YOUR race, the race God has set before you.  He has given you the right equipment.  All you have to do is stay in your lane, keep your focus and run with endurance the race He has placed before you.  No matter how tired you may become, fight and push yourself to the end.   Moriah gets so tired at the end of the race but as she rounds the track corner she can see her cheering section and we scream “Go Moriah, Go.”  God is cheering you on today and he is calling you by name.  You can do it.

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