1 Corinthians 9:24-26 in the NLV Paul tells us, “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing”.I am reminded with every breath, the race I am running. I know that God has given me the vision and because He alone is omnipotent, having unlimited power, I have won, I just have to run. I may stumble and fall, I may get scratched up and bruised, but run I must. An athlete does not go into a race with doubt and fear. They are not concerned with who is cheering them on. A runner cannot focus on the runner next to them thought they are aware that they are there. A runner is focused on the run, the finish line, and the score board that tells them if they have beaten a previous record for the win. Being a runner on the track is the same as being the runner of the vision that God has imparted into you.
All that happens in our lives is related to that which we have trained ourselves to accomplish. Some are trained to doubt, complain, and blame, to just sit back and have a wait and see attitude. Millions have given up settling for less than they need or want because they refuse to get on the track and run. These people will no doubt take their gifts with them to the grave of should have, could have, and would have. If you spend enough time in conversation with someone, you will know exactly where their head is. Their conversation will tell you what race they are running. It does not take a rocket engineer to see that many have no capacity of endurance. Many think that they have all of the answers and know everything. These are the spectators and spectators never win. Are you a runner or a spectator?Look at the Tiger. Once it has it’s eye locked on the prey, it focuses and never loses sight. It may have been tracking this prey for some time, may have attempted to capture it and failed. A Tiger will not give up when it knows that with patience and endurance, the prey will be caught. Moving in stealth mode, pausing when needed and advancing when necessary, the prey is always in sight. Running with lighting speed it moves to the left, moves to the right and then, victory. All of the panting, all of the patience and skill has been rewarding with the win.
My brother’s and sister’s, you have a race to run. It can be a business to launch, a book to write, weight to shed, or a habit to break, you can do it with precision. You may have been told no many times, don’t stop running. You may feel like you are spinning your wheels because you have not reached any parts of the goal, do not quit. You may feel alone in your race, know this, you are never alone. God is where you are and He has given you all that you need to win. Take some time to evaluate and study the training manual for your life, seek God and His word for wisdom and watch Him give you wings like an eagle. Know this, if you know without a doubt that God has given you the vision then you have already won, you just have to stay in the race and not quit. You are the tiger. Remember this, spectators never win.