Taking a Hike Through Hebrews
There seems to be two kinds of racers. There are those who are extremely quick off the starting block, sprinting with ease to the finish line, not so far away. Then there are those whose bodies seemed built for the long distance run, trained for endurance, to run a longer race where the finish line is much farther away. Mm. The long distance runners are disciplined to pace themselves so that their energy and stamina can outlast the longer distance to the goal. Mm.
I read this recently…”If you’re training for your first marathon or half, for example, most of your long runs should be done at one to two minutes slower per mile than you’re capable of running the distance on that day. Any faster than that when you’re trying to run 10 or 15 miles for the first time is just begging for an injury.” Jan 10, 2012
Long Distance Running: A Beginner’s Guide
Who are we? Sprinters or long distance runners in this race, this journey we are on in this life? How many “false starts”, or quick sprints have we encountered that made us stop and quit? How many times do we drag our feet, like a child who has been told to do a task by their parents that they don’t want to do?
And can’t we just get along and help each other out in this race? All who race with a consistent passion to run to win God’s eternal prize…WILL win. God promised. We are not in competition with each other to get God’s “well done”. Seriously.
Hebrews 12, The Message
12-13 So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!
14-17 Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.
What do we learn?
–God is training us to be disciplined, long distance runners. No sprinting here with starts and stops.
–WORK at getting along with each other.
–Be alert to hurdles we must jump over with God helping us.
–Clear the path for others to run with you, ahead of you and behind you.
–Help each other run well, in the most excellent way, loving others like God loves us.
Dear Heavenly Father, There are so many thoughts here. Your Word has opened our minds up to receive the blessing of your training for us. Continue to help us run the distance with our eyes fully focused on You.
In Jesus Name, and by His Power, Amen. I believe.