There Is Grace

Reason # 5: You can count it all joy because there is grace for the race that God has called you to run!

Merriam-Webster defines grace as “unmerited divine assistance given [to] humans for their regeneration or sanctification.” Similarly, it defines a race as: 1) a set course or duration of time or 2) the course of life.  Every person on this earth has a set course or “race” for their life as ordained by God. We can be certain that along our path, Heaven is continually sending us divine assistance.

As with any race, the distance may be long and the terrain physically taxing. Professional athletes know they can optimize their race-day performance by: reducing excess weight, building endurance and practicing enhanced focus.

We too, can optimize our life “race” by practicing the same skills. Indeed, Scripture urges us to “lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV).  Follow these 3 keys for optimal life performance:

1)      Lay aside every weight: Weights are anything that slows us down. They may be bad habits, behaviors and attitudes or unnecessary stress and anxiety. Take inventory of the things that slow you down and make a concerted effort to lay aside negative behaviors. For example, if we fail to spend time with God and the family we may have to reorder our schedule.

2)      Run with endurance: Endurance is built over time and experience. Life brings many events and sometimes challenges that serve to increase our endurance. The changes experience coupled with God’s grace work together to strengthen us. Scripture puts it this way: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12: 6 NKJV).

3)      Focus on Jesus: Envision the end results of the race that you are running. Consider the end of your set life course. What will you have accomplished? What would Jesus say about your race? When the race gets tough, focus instead on the end result. Take comfort in knowing that “in all labor there is profit” (Proverbs 14:23 NKJV).

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  1. May your wells continue to flow with abundance of increase. Thank you for the encouragement, my friend.


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