Running the Patient Race - Guest Post

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A few days ago, my dear friend and fellow author, Sarah Ashwood Blackwell, posted on Facebook about a passage of scripture that had impacted her. As I've been recently trying to develop healthier habits, including moving this slow body of mine around more, I found her words deeply touching and profound. I invited her to share on my blog, which she agreed. So I'll now turn it over to Sarah.

I was blessed reading this passage from Hebrews 12 recently. These verses speak to me as someone who has run several long distance races, but as a "patient" runner, because I'm no speedster. I'm slow, so I have to set my eye on the prize, the goal, which is finishing, and just plod there. Keep on plodding there even when I'm tired and my muscles and joints hurt and I really, really want to quit.
The parallel between a race like that and the Christian life is obvious to me. It's a slow thing, a lifelong thing. It's not about being the first to the finish line, but about keeping our eyes on the goal—heaven, life with Christ—and faithfully plodding on despite the pain and weariness and the temptation to quit, looking to Jesus (our ultimate example) for strength.  
Hebrews 12:1-2Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 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. 
God bless!
Sarah Ashwood is the pen name of Sarah Blackwell, who is a fantasy author, a wife, the mother of three boys—and her first daughter, come October! In her “spare time” Sarah enjoys reading, hand quilting, working out, and, of course, running. You can find her at her website.


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