My friend asked me to join her and several others who are trying to get in better physical shape. The goal for this ten weeks of training is to be able to run 3 miles without stopping. As we were driving to the park I reminded my friend that the only reason I was going, was to be with her. Yes, she is that fun!
I used to enjoy running, but I’ve just gotten out of the habit of it. However, I found myself getting excited as we started warming up with a walk around the parking lot. We then did some stretching exercises. After we divided up into small groups with a leader to help us maintain a good pace, we began jogging. We would run for a few minutes and then walk some. Listening in on different conversations distracted me as my legs were yelling, “Ok, will you please walk now!”. I realized that although I was enjoying doing this with a group, I would not be motivated to do it alone. When it began to be uncomfortable, I would have started walking had I been alone.
After about 45 minutes of running and walking, I heard a lady say, “I can do this if I know there is an end.” Instantly, my mind started analyzing that statement. What is the importance of knowing there is an end? When the going gets tough, we can remember the finish line and know relief is coming!
When Jesus was on the cross,
Hebrews 12:2 says, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus was suffering great agony on the cross for our benefit. He was paying for the sins of the whole world so all repentant believers could live forever with him. He looked beyond his suffering to the time that he would be joyfully enjoying being in the presence of his father once again.
This is a tool we can use to help us through hard times. When we are suffering physical or emotional pain, we can remember that there is an end! For believers we have a bright, happy future ahead! We can look forward to eternity in heaven with Jesus where there is no pain, suffering, or death ever again. This gives us the strength to keep going when life gets hard. What a blessed hope we have!
Running the race,