“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” (1 Corinthians 9:24, ESV)
Is it only winners that receive the prize? Or, does our race reveal something else?
God has given you a drive – a passion. He has ordained you to run with endurance, and to sweat for the things He has destined you to demonstrate. We were not created for ease, but for the race. So, we run to keep running.
Although there is a finish line, and there is the elation of accomplishment, our greatest joy is not in the applause of others, but in the vindication of our hearts. When our hearts have stood the test, and endured the process, then we are no longer bound to an outcome, but are freed by the joy of being faithful.
No doubt, finish lines are a blessing to celebrate our faithfulness, but our higher calling is to LIVE in the race that reveals our character. So, when you feel the desire to quit, remember, your race is God’s demonstrative love to a needful world.