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How to Finish Strong When You’re Tired of the Race

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“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”  Luke 19:10.

The Warming House

Weary traveler – have you experienced things in your everyday life that you can’t even remotely wrap your mind around? Have you seen suffering, tragedy, and loss that extend beyond your understanding? Are you eaten up with regret because of choices you’ve made? Have you wandered away from God because of it?

Truth is, this journey can be exhausting and excruciating.  The finish line is out there somewhere, but it seems so far away.  Sometimes we get so weary it doesn’t seem like we have the strength to get to it.  There are times when we want to quit, and we yearn for the day when we can go “home.” Trust me – I’ve been there.

Regardless of the obstacles we face, God is still in control and he will accomplish his purposes. (Isaiah 46:9-10) He takes the bad and miraculously uses it for our good – when we trust him. (Romans 8:28-29) In the end, He is the one who wins and comes out on top. (1 John 3:8Revelation 19)

God wants us to be champions too. (Hebrews 12:1-3) Yes – he really does!

Everything in the Father’s heart is geared toward making sure you finish the race – and finish it strong. You are precious to him. He spares no expense, utilizes all his power, and goes to the ends of the earth if he has to. His goal is to get you across that finish line into his arms. (James 1:12)

He accomplishes this through Christian friends who encourage and support you. He accomplishes this through the timeless guidance he gives you in the Bible. He accomplishes it through his Son who comes alongside you as you lay wounded on the track.

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Before you even fall, Jesus is getting his gear on. Just as you feel you can’t go on, Jesus is coming out onto the path to find you. Can you see Him coming for you?

Jesus will brave any storm, and endure the most hazardous terrain for you.  He will fearlessly stride through the most terrifying evil that lurks in the blackness of your life. Like the North Pole, his compass always points toward you. Even if you’re cowering on a perilous crag in a cliff feeling unreachable, unloveable, and totally alone, he will look for you until he finds you. When you allow yourself to be found by him, he will lift you up and give you the power (his power in you) to take one step closer to that finish line. He comes to show you the way “home” – and help you get there. (John 14:6John 14:2) 

God has done this for me. When I was a lost and damaged little girl with a broken heart, God grabbed hold of me and soaked me in the deepest waters of his compassion. Through the years as I’ve made mistakes, he’s patiently and lovingly held onto me. As I’ve faced difficult challenges, he’s been my dependable companion. He has saved me in every way.

If the “road” in your life has gotten stinky long and you’re tired of fighting, tired of hurting, tired of doing things your way . . . remember this:

“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says;

I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.  As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep.  I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. . . I will search for the lost and bring back the strays.  I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak . . .”  Ezekiel 34:11-12, 16a

Don’t give up. He will help you finish strong.

I know things are tough out there. Like you, I see it everyday. As you leave this place, know that I’m in your corner cheering for you all the way. When you come back, I’ll have the welcome mat out and the light on for you.

Lisa~

6 Comments

  1. Kendra says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement. I needed to hear this today. I always enjoy reading what you have to say. Thank you.

  2. Mom2KayCubs says:

    This is so encouraging! Much needed and much appreciated scripture references! God bless you!

  3. Carey says:

    Great encouragement for those of us who are weary (and aren’t we all at times?) The faithful and compassionate reach of our God is limitless! Thanks for taking the time to admonish us all toward a more faithful and hopeful perspective. Great post!

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