Running Our Own Race

Not merely observers,

image by Debbie McDaniel

image by Debbie McDaniel

we are each called to race.

Not in a simple sprint,

but for a lifelong pace.

Train not to win a prize,

of temporary things;

but rather seek His face,

for what eternal brings.

To discipline ourselves,

requires our whole heart,

be engaged with the One,

who knows our end and start.

He asks us to follow,

His personal race plan;

designed by Him for us,

to be bold and to stand.

The prize will never fade,

nor taken back from thee.

We can trust His promises,

into eternity.

(Responding to I Corinthians 9:24-27)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are all called to be participants in this “race” called life, and none are meant to be mere observers.  Thank You that You have designed an individual “race plan” for each of us, and our job is to run our own race – not our neighbor’s race.  Thank You that we are each designed with different gifts, talents and strengths that are given by You to be used for Your glory.  Forgive us for taking our eyes off the only prize that matters – our eternity with You.  Teach us to live and love each day as if it were our last, so that each day we are fully engaged and invested in You and in all that we do.  May many come to know You by our love today, so that they too may enter into an eternal race plan.  Amen.

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

3 Comments

  1. Yes, we are running the race to obtain an eternal prize that will not spoil, fade or wrinkle. Thank you for reminding me of my race. You are such a masterful poet to capture such wonderful truths in your posts for me to ponder all day long. May God richly bless you today.

  2. As the word says the race is not given to the swift but to those who endure till thee end.. AMEN so I am running my race and I will endure it and finish it with God’s help.. AMEN

    have a bless day

  3. Great post, Shannon! I just posted a new blog entry a few minutes ago about depending on God’s mighty power. As we run, may we remember to rely on the Lord’s strength!

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