Last night my husband and I watched a wonderful movie titled, "Secretariat". The story was about the horse they say was the greatest race horse of all time. It was an excellent movie.
In the story, they flash back to the father talking to his girl when she was little. He tells her....
"It doesn't matter whether they think we won, what matters is that if we think we won.
Run your race "
So many times in life we are trying to win a race we were not even meant to run. We get concerned about how others view us and if we look like we are successful to them. Success in God's eyes is not measured the same as the world views it. Success is not measured merely by external meters, success is measured by how well you run your race.
In the movie, Secretariat almost always started out in last place out of the gate, however, he finished his race a winner. It isn't how you start the race that counts, it is how you finish.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 1 Cor 9:24
How can we obtain the prize, how can we know which race to run and how to win it? God is so good to give us the answer....
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, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2
Turn away from sin and look until Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We can only run our race effectively and victoriously if we stay focused on Jesus.
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24
Do not be moved by what you see around you. Do not be moved by your circumstances, God is bigger than your circumstances. God will see to it that you finish your race with joy and win it when you look to Him.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:57
Look to the Lord, know your race, and run your race with joy. Then, at the end, you will be able to say what Paul said......
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 1 Tim 4:7
Your Father has said you have already won, you just have to Run Your Race!