Spiritual Life

4 Areas to Focus on to Persevere

Running Life’s Marathon

A huge part of my life and of the LifeMap is the spiritual piece, I believe this component of the LifeMap (and your life) is vital to your success in answering the 3 key questions. As I think about this I would like to use an analogy to explain the power of an enduring faith. Our faith, as many have heard before, is not a sprint but a marathon.

Running a marathon requires endurance and perseverance, focus, right perspective, and support in order to finish strong. Our faith is much like a marathon, requiring each of these pieces in order to live out our faith and to endure through the many challenges we face in this life. Fortunately, Jesus is with us through it all.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Hebrews 12:1-2a

Run with focused perseverance

  • Run with perseverance through what God has set before us.
  • Watch those that go before us, their faith and actions encourages us.
  • Continue to run even though we stumble and face many difficulties.
  • Jesus allows us to run unencumbered.
    The things that hinder us don’t always have to be sin. (Comfort, stuff)
  • Run as YOU were meant to run.
  • Focus on Jesus, what he did for you. He shapes us as we run our race.

Run with focused perspective

  • Mistakes cloud our perspective but…
  • Run even when you are struggling. This means you are in the race.
  • He is faithful in the struggles. This is when God desires that we draw near.
  • Run during times of failure.
  • God disciplines those he loves, to spur us on, to endure.
  • Run knowing that God accepts you and loves.

Run with focused faith

  • Focus on God’s unconditional love.
  • Run with the knowledge that God is helping you.
  • Results are that of peaceful living.
  • Focus on running strong in the power of his might.

Run with others in mind

  • Be encouraged, we are not meant to run this race alone.
  • My run impacts others, for good or bad.
  • Run to encourage others.
  • Run to help others run their race.

The world will tell us to stop running it’s too hard, everyone else has finished, they have completed the race and we are not making any progress in our race.  But our race is not finished yet, “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

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