2 Thessalonians, 3:13, "And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
Marathon runners are a rare breed! They have the ability to push their bodies to the limit - and beyond. One of the keys to their success is knowing about "the wall."
It's around the 20-mile mark when their body wants to quit. Their legs get weak, and their feet feel heavy. Each stride takes every ounce of remaining strength they have. At that moment, they have to trust that they have more inside than they think they do. They must focus on just their next step and believe it will get them to the finish line.
Life is a long-distance race. And we will all face times, if we haven't already, when we feel like quitting. Times when it’s just too hard to do the right thing, to make the difficult decision, to trust God again. But we have to believe that we have more inside than we think. We have God working in us to give us the strength and vision to see the finish line.
How do we find the strength? We pray continually and ask God for it. We surround ourselves with people who will cheer us on. And we remember that there will be a great celebration when we cross the finish line!
Journaling is a great way to keep a record of God working in your life. Take out a pen and paper and answer this question: How has God given you strength in the past, when you felt like quitting? Write out your thoughts and feelings. Then, when the next trial comes around, you can look back and trust that God is with you and He will bring you through.
God, You have promised to give me what I don't have on my own -- strength, perseverance, wisdom, and vision. Help me trust You when the race feels long and I begin to tire of doing good. Thank You for running this race with me and giving me the ability to win! Amen.