Yesterday I joined a new gym; the final manifestation of something I had been meaning to do for some time. As I carried out a gruelling 45 minute exercise regime it reminded me of just how difficult the race of faith can be. At times the journey is long and arduous and the end seems so far out of sight. However, we are still encouraged to run the race with perseverance. Hebrews 12 reminds us that

“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”

One of the major temptations that we have as gym goers and Christians alike is to try and keep up with our neighbour both to the right and left of us and go at their pace. Whilst this can at times spur us on to go further and do more, false comparisons with others can also distract us, break our stride and discourage us from continuing with the race. The bible anticipates the human condition which compels us to compare ourselves and our circumstances with others when it states that we should instead

Fix “our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

If we are looking forward at Jesus, we have no time nor desire to look to the side of us- at others who are also running their own race. It gives us an end in sight, a point of focus, so whilst we may not be able to see the end of the race, we are able to see our coach, our encourager, and the one who is spurring us on to persevere.

So I would urge each and everyone one of you to keep running the race; as long as you keep running you can never lose!