It was the fulfillment of what David said in Psalm 91:7, “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand.” That’s how it was. As I ran, poor Jr. High students were dropping like flies all around me. They were laying all over the track holding their sides, gasping for oxygen. But David was wrong when he went on to say,”But it shall not come near you,” because it did! Eventually, I joined the ranks of the quitters and fell down crying out for air.
Not enough is said today about endurance. How easy it is to start. How hard it is to finish. Starting is obviously very important. Nothing will ever get done unless we start. But what really counts is whether or not you finish.
The Bible compares the Christian life to a race. Many start; few finish. Don’t be a quitter in the greater race of all. Don’t get discouraged by the obstacles, or weary in the midst of it all. Lift up your eyes to the eternal prize and keep on running. In the Christian life, the prize goes not to those who finish first. It goes to those who finish!
Pastor Todd Weston