Runners speak of “hitting the wall” while running long distances. Hitting the wall means they have reached the end of their first wind. If they proceed anyhow, they get a second wind and, in many cases, go on to win.
Life would be great if it were a sprint. I know I would do much better. But life is a distance course with many “brick walls” along the path. We each have a different course but run it we must and not worry so much about the course a friend or enemy may be running.
Here’s a little insight:
“The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough.” Randy Pausch.
The need for the second wind as well as the reason for figurative brick walls is God’s way, nature’s way of letting you know how badly you want victory in the race you’re running.
The book of Hebrews gives some tried and true advice:
Hebrews 12:1 “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 us, 2 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Keep your eye on the prize and discard the things that hinder you from running to win!
Every race will have obstacles, but we must refuse to let our mental attitude be a brick wall. We must, as Paul said elsewhere, “keep our body under,” meaning under control as would a long-distance runner while running a race. You do know the life race for the Christian is not 26 miles, but life-long.
Weary? Get a fresh breath from the Holy Spirit and continue.
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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