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07/22/2009

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Getting To The Finish


"Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet" (Heb. 12: 12 & 13).

There is a term in distance running parlance called, "hitting the wall." In the marathon it usually happens at the 20 or so mile mark. At that point, if the runner has not completely prepared himself, that "systems" seem to go haywire. It is a physical thing that turns into a mental one. Everything screams to you that you cannot possibly go on. It is why preparation is so very important. Though the training regimen is a grueling it will pay off. Diligence is the key to this seven day a week grind. There are simply no "days off." each day must have some meaning in it connected to the race. In the "race of life," there is no difference. There are no days off. No giving in to anything that will keep us from accomplishing our purpose.

True marathon training can be quite varied. It is not just going out each morning and running a lot of miles. We may sometimes do a very long slower run or some shorter more intensive runs called "speed workouts." It is good to have strong arms, since they move too, so some weight training is not out of the question. And don't forget those hills, or running on the beach. Today's verse about "strengthening the arms and knees" may be referring to physically doing good works in the race of life. "Making level paths for your feet" says that you need to be careful where you go and be sure to keep control of the influences in your life. In verse 14 the writer says, "Make every effort to live in peace with all men." In the marathon of life we are to reach out to those around us with grace and mercy in our hearts. We need to be the type of people who are bridge-builders, not obstacle makers.

"And to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord" (V 14). The Lord we serve is a holy one and He wants us to be as much like Him as we can. In all that we do, it should be done with the Lord on our hearts. All marathoners need to measure their progress. Self examination is an integral part of our lives, as we watch so that we don't fall, and pick ourselves up when we do. As the runner looks to strengthen his weak areas, we must look for ours too and bolster them. It is cold or hot some days. Some days it rains and the wind blows. The marathoner runs on, as must we.

We cannot be discouraged because there is a great throng assembled that are watching, cheering and supporting us. They are waiting to celebrate with us. Also at the finish line is God with Jesus, who made it all possible, at His right hand, letting you know that all the work paid off. You are a winner!

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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