The Race of My Life

 

The Race of My Life

 

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

The odds are stacked against you and me. This world's system has fixed our race so that we cannot win on solely our own strength. We are not alone, thankfully. Jesus won the only race that counts for us all… and because He lives in me and I in Him, I'm not by myself in this race for my life. I am running to capture the prize set aside for me. At the end of my days I want to say as Paul did in 1 Timothy 4:7:

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

When I read Marsha Burn's word for today, in "Small Straws in a Soft Wind," which is a short daily devotional I've been following for many years, my eyes played a trick on me. I saw the word "rely" transposed to "relay" and this picture of a relay team appeared before my eyes.

Rely on Me, says the Lord, for I am your strength when you feel weak and unable to rise to the occasion.  When you cannot raise yourself up, let Me lift you up.  Nothing is too difficult for Me.  Believe that I will intervene on your behalf and do that which is beyond your human energy or ability to achieve.  Your faith will make it possible. 

 

Mark 11:22 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God."

 

Today, I'm picturing running my race in a whole new light… the light of a relay race. When I can't run any farther because of overwhelming fatigue or opposition, Jesus is right beside me, racing with me. And it's okay to pass the baton to Him. We're partners on the same team. He's equipped to win this race; I am not, apart from Him.

 

I see the finish line, even now. As I cross it, it's with joy and gratitude that I got to race with Him! How can I not look at obstacles and trials as nothing but passing things…

 

Even this grief that sometimes resurfaces – this overwhelmingly deep pain – it's just a temporary, passing thing. What is set before me – this rich inheritance in Christ – means everything to me!

 

So I will run for my life today, one more relay at a time. One more moment of relying on Him. One more second of watching His confident face. One more nano-second of Trust, Faith, and Victory moment-by-moment.

 

Evil thought he had fixed my race so that I would be humiliated and shamed. But now my race is already won!

 

How about you? How's your race going today? Do you feel fatigued, challenged, or overwhelmed? Do you already see His face, running right next to you and how confident He is, so willing to grab the baton and even carry you through to the end? I hope so. This is the real story of our lives… this adventure in faith… in trust… in love.

Sue

Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate her way out of hell to a rich and satisfying life. In her lifetime, Susan has served in duties ranging from home school mom – to pastor –  to full-time deliverance minister – and to Midwest regional prayer coordinator for a large international ministry. These days you can usually find Susan soaking in her favorite hot springs pool, reading a book (or several), blogging, baking bread, or hanging out with her family and friends. You can get a free copy of Susan's upcoming book, "On the Way Home" by registering here.

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