Press On

I don’t know about you, but running is not my forte. I find it to be a complete waste of time and energy with no benefit other than putting my inhaler to good use. I do not live a sedentary life, I work on my feet 8+ hours a day and thoroughly enjoy a good strength training session, but the endurance for running longer than ten minutes has never been something I could reach, even in the prime of my competitive swimming years.

I am a firm believer that the spiritual manifests in the physical, meaning that a deep rooted sin or battle within your faith walk will manifest itself in some way within your life, just as the fruit of the spirit will manifest itself when we willfully submit ourselves to the Lord. The fact that I have poor physical endurance speaks volumes to my walk with the Lord. That’s not to say everyone without an ability to run a significant distance is struggling spiritually, this is just a revelation in my own walk with the Lord. When thrown into a trying situation, I am strong, the rock and sound mind in immediate moments of chaos. If you ask me to commit to something difficult that may challenge me for a longer period of time, I crumble.

Discipline and commitment are things that I struggle with daily, especially when the going gets tough and I am the one primarily holding myself accountable (because that’s what adults do, right?). I fail daily, hourly even. Some mornings, especially after a sleepless night, I hit the snooze button faster than my knees hit the floor with gratitude for another day. I am constantly stopping myself mid thought to filter it through the truth of the Word. I become bitter when my friends and family mock my beliefs. I am easily discouraged when I see my efforts amount to, what seems to me, very little growth and progress, and my motivation and commitment hang in the balance when I do not see the end game. But in spite of my downfalls and attacks from the enemy, I remember who I am in the Lord and have learned to lace up my running shoes a bit tighter and continue on.

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)

The New Living Translation states verse 14 in this context, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

What is Paul telling us to ensure that we not only continue, but also finish the race? Press on. Press on no matter how steep the mountain, no matter how dark the valley, and no matter how heavy the rain; lay aside the foolish things of this world and trust in Him despite the naysayers, grabbing everyone you can with the truth of the gospel along the way, always pressing on towards the goal, Jesus.

The importance of this determination and resilience has no benefit to us here on earth, though it still may, but instead, to bring glory to God and bring a testimony of his faithfulness of seeing His children through the darkest of moments when the enemy thought he had won. The Lord is with us and is our only strength to see us through; this is a promise we must carve into our hearts.

“Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

Fear not, my brothers and sisters. Do not be discouraged when your endurance starts to dwindle. It’s okay to walk, it’s okay to stop and rest. The Lord tells us to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10), he will renew your strength and enable you to rise again to continue the race without becoming weary (Isaiah 40:31). Always rise in confidence with determination to continue running until the very end.

At the end of that finish line, what a glorious moment it will be when we finally reach the feet of our Savior and hear the six words every beloved of the Lord awaits to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)

Alyssa Kristine About Alyssa Kristine

Redeemed from childhood dysfunction and drug addicted and homeless teen years, Alyssa is winging adulthood with discernment of faith and striving for nothing less than the standard Christ created. She believes that the beauty of the cross is found in the broken pieces of life that are molded together into an astonishing sum of crimson stained grace and mercy.

Comments

  1. So much wisdom, here, Alyssa. I loved this post. I think its so true that we need to look at everything in our lives when it comes to our relationship with God. He can show us things even in the physical challenges we face.

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  2. I couldn’t agree more, Alyssa! Unlike you, I do lead a sedentary life. I’ve never been a true physically active person. But your post speaks to me in many ways. Thank you. On a humorous note, as to running. I always say “If you ever see me running, you’d better run, too, because something is chasing me! 🙂

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  3. Thank you for this truly transparent post, which really speaks to us all. Discipline and Commitment are truly worthy traits for which to strive. And strive is what we all do. It sounds like God is giving you the strength you need, Alyssa. All the world is broken in some way and may we all be strong in the broken places. God continue to bless you abundantly.
    PS-I’m not a runner, but am a walker!

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    Cherie Burbach

    Cherie Burbach Reply:

    Jude, how I wish you lived near me. I can see us walking together and solving all life’s problems. haha

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