Run The Race
by Joy Martin, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
Today I witnessed a proud moment in my sister's life. Today she successfully ran her first (and last, I'm told) marathon. I couldn't help but smile as I watched her enter Memorial Stadium and throw her hands up in the air as she saw the finish line before her. I couldn't have been prouder of her or more excited for her.
As I watched her rejoice in her amazing accomplishment, I found myself thinking, Man, I wish I could do that. I could easily let myself slip into an attitude of jealousy, but that wouldn't be fair, would it? After all, she's been running for years and has been training for today's race for months, while I haven't even gone for a jog. What right would I have to be jealous when she worked so hard for her achievement?
Friends, the same is true of so much in life. So often we feel that twinge of jealousy creep up when we see someone else's success and wish we were in that place. I know I have been guilty.
Have you ever admired a friend's dedication to being in the Word each day and wished you could do the same? Have you ever marveled at someone's sobriety and wished you were already on the other side? Maybe you wished you were in better shape or more responsible with your money. Maybe you just wish you had a deep desire to walk more closely with Jesus.
Well, I'm here to tell you that none of that is out of your grasp. Philippians 4:13 tells us, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." It doesn't say that God will do all things for us, but it does reassure us that we can do all things through Him.
The real question is this: Are you willing to do the work to get what you want?