“being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”
I remember in 1996 I chose to run the All Army Ten Mile race in Washington DC. I had not been regularly running or training for quite a few years. Yeah, we ran in the army sometimes, but being a supply clerk, I didn’t have to do physical training everyday. I was in decent shape. The real issue was, I had never run a race of this length; ten miles. I had done a couple five mile races a few years prior, but never a ten mile race. I was in un-tested territory for myself. A buddy of mine and myself drove to Washington DC from Ft Bragg, NC the Friday before the race. We actually slept in our car in the parking lot of the Pentagon, where the race was to start, on Friday night. Do not try that today, this was pre-9-11. We woke up, ate a breakfast bar, and got into the race. Everything was going pretty good until around mile seven. I stepped on a traffic cone and twisted my ankle pretty good. I had to run the last three miles with a bum ankle. At this point I had a choice to make: quit or endure. Do I just drop out and say, “at least I tried” or do I endure knowing that I spent the night in a car and drove all the way to Washington DC to finish the race? I choose the later. I finished the race and endured till the end. I ended up running that ten mile race, still my only ten mile race to this day, in 56 minutes. It wasn’t a bad race. The joy of finishing something I set out to do far out weighed the small pain I endured to finish.
It would have been easy for me to drop out. It would have been justified, but there is something to be said for those who endure. Life isn’t always going to be puppies, rainbows, and skittle commercials. Sometimes you just have to endure.
It is coming to the end of the school year and the temptation is to coast until the end. My challenge to you is to endure. Continue to run the race set before you, as the writer of Hebrews says in chapter twelve, verses one and two. Read also James 5:11 and Colossians 1:11-12 to draw some inspiration to endure. See endurance builds in us a character that we need. God uses those tough times to develop in us something that we will need for another time in our life. My prayer for you all is that you finish strong. Do your best. Study hard and endure this time with the strength of the Holy Spirit as your comfort!
I’ll leave you with this quote from Bruce Lee:
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
Praying and pulling for you all!