Life is like a marathon.
It’s a long, grueling race, and within Christian thought, it is a race with a prize waiting for us at the finish line. It’s a tough mudder, a long adventure of both pain and eventual glory that will often leave you exhausted. Exhausted yet still moving toward the finish line.
There are no quick fixes to this race, not even if you prefer sprinting. There is pain but no instant pain relief and obstacles but no easy fix to hurdle over them. Sure, there are straight paths with sunshine and water stations, but there is also that grueling hill at mile 7 and bottleneck when you’re almost halfway there.
The Christian life is a race with an imperishable prize of glory that will neither fade nor disappoint. The marathon of the Christian faith is one that follows after Jesus, even in exhaustion and frustration (when will this mile be over with?!).
Keep running, even if it hurts.
The founder of our faith, as the writer to the Hebrews puts it, ran this race with the joy set before him. He endured the cross with you in mind and ultimately we can draw strength from his own perfect account.