Running with a Race Plan

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.” – I Corinthians 9:24

Our race is not a sprint, but a lifelong marathon.  To win the prize, we must keep running our best race, depending on and fixing our eyes toward He who strengthens when we grow weary, and encourages when our days seem dismal.

If we run aimlessly, without a race plan, we will become weary and wander off course.  Yet if we study His plan for our own race, and seek Him for direction each time we encounter a fork in the road, He gladly guides us in the way we were meant to go and supplies all that is needed to keep running.  He stays beside us each step of the way; we only need to open our eyes to see His presence and find plain His path that He has placed before us.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not call us to sprint the entire span of our race.  Your loving kindness leads us and supplies us so that we may each run the life that you have called us to.  Thank You that the finish line ends with us finding our feet on the streets of gold that You have prepared for all who have invited You to direct our steps as we follow Your race plan.  May we each seek You as we go, and listen to Your leading, so that not only will we each finish our own race, but others too may find You and Your plan for theirs as well.  May every eye see the prize that You have prepared for us.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. Great post! I always find comfort in the fact that He gives us time to carry our cross and for our flesh to be crucified. Certainly we should never try to abuse and misuse His grace and mercy but it is great to know that we don’t have a solid “deadline.” We can rest in knowing that as long as we are running forward, the prize is closer than it was before. Even when discouraged, we have to keep on running, gaining some ground is better than not gaining any ground. God Bless!

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