Running the race with endurance


“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before uslooking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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Image: Marathoners during a training session, Source: Daily Nation

 

One of the critical skills which marathoners and other great athletes train for is endurance. They have a regimen for endurance training. It is not enough to be a great marathoner or a great talent you have to add endurance to the skill in order to breakthrough in that skill. Endurance is considered by Webster dictionary as the capacity to withstand unpleasant experience without having to give way or give in. At the basic definition it is the capacity to last or withstand pressure.  Running and winning races requires endurance.  For marathoners, they have to ensure buildup of lactic acid, it helps marathoners to have the right stamina, the right weight and fitness to run the race.

Similarly, believers in Christ need to run the race with endurance, some version refer to patience. The race of faith is a long race whose length is equivalent to believer’s life on earth. It has to be run with a lot of patience and care in order to build stamina and fitness to keep in the race.  This is to be done by fixing our focus on Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfected of our faith.  During the race the race endurance is required because the race comes with fatigue, pain, panting, thirst, which make the racing difficulty. Enduring makes winners because they withstand the pain, soreness, thirst and agony. They do not ley these discomforts pull them out of the race, they are so fixated on the prize that they do not feel the pain and the discomforts of the race. Likewise, we are exhorted to fixate our eyes on Christ in order to build endurance and patience needed to within the race.

Published by Samuel Ng'ang'a Mwangi

Author of "So You Want To Get Into Courtship?" A Guide To Purposeful Christian Courtship. One day I had too much to tell but there was no one to tell the story. I had to write articles, print them and then give them out to anyone who cared to read. Not everyone who was interested in my writing but I was happy that I had found a way of sharing my thoughts. By the time I was distributing my fourth article, I had dozens of emails from my readers expressing their excitement over my writing. Thanks to the internet and free word press blog, now I have a forum to pen my thoughts, opinions and convictions. None of my writings in this blog is sponsored. It expresses the authors’ bird eye view on the happenstances in his native country and world especially on social matters such as love, religion, economic well being. I feature stories of persons I have read or personally interacted with whom I consider worth emulating on my blog www.mwelisa.com.

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