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"Life is a Race We Run, So Run Till the Race is Won"

Author: Shauna Cowden, Crossroads360 Producer

For most people, a marathon is impressive. For me, a 5km run is beyond amazing. I'm not the best runner, in fact, I get exhausted at least 10 minutes in and want to give up. I recently ran a 5km race and beat my personal best time by 4 minutes! This was only because a really cool thing happened half way through the race. Whenever I run, I put on Songza and play the "Christian Hits" playlist for some inspiring up-beat tunes. It happened when I ran my last 5km, and it happened again this time.

When I wanted to give up, when I wanted to just stop and walk, the perfect song came on, what I later learned was for King & Country's "It's Not Over Yet"

"Life is a race we run, so run till the race is won. Don't you ever give up, oh no never give up".

Needless to say, it was the perfect motivation and God "push" I needed to motivate me to keep going... pushing past the pain and into doing what I never knew my body was capable of doing.

I soon realized, the motivation I was given from that song was just that... motivation. It didn't get rid of the pain, it didn't pick me up and move me further along without effort, it actually made me put in even MORE effort, with more pain... but it got me through. It made me feel like someone was with me, cheering me on, wanting me to succeed.

There are situations, seasons, and circumstances in our lives that are painful. God may not take the pain away, or take you out of that uncomfortable situation... but that doesn't mean He has left you. He is there with you every step, to help move forward. Just because it hurts now, doesn't mean you will feel that way forever. There is a finish line.

Keep running.

The truth is, if I hadn't had that song blaring in my ears, I'm not sure I would have continued running. I probably would have felt very comfortable stopping, walking, and letting more people pass me than I'd care to admit. But it started with a choice.

At the beginning of the race, I reluctantly choose that Christian playlist, knowing the "Today's Pop" may have some better beats for running (with the disadvantage of explicit language) but this choice opened a door for God to be in that moment with me.

What choices are you making in your struggle to allow God to communicate with you?

Don't forget that you can trust the one who has designed the path you are running. You may be running uphill while it seems everyone else is easily gliding downhill. There may be more rough terrain for you right now, but we all know that only means stronger muscles and better endurance in the end. 

And I'm okay with being strong.

Even when I feel weak, that's okay too... because His word says that when I am weak, that is when His strength is made perfect.

"Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

- 2 Corinthians 12:9

I can lean on Him in the hard seasons, in the uphill climb, when I can't breathe - He will get me through. He will get you through.

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