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We Still Have a Long Way to Go

March 20, 2014

“Keep running hard toward the finish line,” wrote St. Paul.

Too many stop before they get there.  This is not for you.

Some think it’s too far and too much trouble.  This is not for you.

A few don’t even bother to go to the starting line.  This is clearly not for you.

“Keep running hard toward the finish line” is part of what St. Paul wrote to some friends.  The entire couple of sentences that frame those words are

Brothers and sisters, I know

that I still have a long way to go.

But there is one thing I do:

I forget what is in the past

and try as hard as I can

to reach the goal before me.

I keep running hard toward the finish line

to get the prize that is mine

because God has called me

through Christ Jesus

to life up there in heaven.

Philippians 3:13,14 in The Easy-to-Read Version

It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Like St. Paul says, we “still have a long way to go.”  I choose to hear that as a promise.

By the grace of God, you and I can “Keep running hard toward the finish line” even today.

Especially today.

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2 Comments
  1. Jenny Rodriguez permalink

    I love Paul’s advice of looking forward. I have a tendency to perseverate on things I have done in the past, which interferes with my ability to stay the course and make it to the finish line. Thanks for sharing this passage, Joe.

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  2. Thank you, Jenny, for reading and commenting!

    There’s a reason why the windshield’s big and the rearview mirror is small.

    Like

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