Finish Stronger than You Started

Isaiah 40:31
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

What do we see in this verse?

  • Those who trust in the Lord find new strength.
  • They will soar high on wings like eagles.
  • They will run and not grow weary.
  • They will walk and not faint.

A couple years ago, my kiddos and I ran our first 5K. I did some preparation by downloading an app to my phone so that I could train for about 8 weeks. Then the morning of the race, I made sure I was hydrated and had a light breakfast. When the race began, I eased my way into a pattern that I thought I could sustain throughout the race. But somewhere on that first incline I started to struggle. My feet felt heavy and my body started to forget what it had been trained to do. My mind started to say, “You can’t do this. It’s too hard. Your heart is pounding and you can’t catch your breath.” I was so disappointed in myself. I did everything the app told me to. I trained hard but it wasn’t enough.

I looked ahead and saw another huge hill. I slowed my pace to a walk and started to pray. “Lord, help me. I am tired. I have trained so hard to do this. Give me the strength that I need to pull this hill.” I quickly recalled Isaiah 40:31 and trusted the Lord, not my own strength. My focus was changed from me to Christ and His strength. I imagined Jesus was at the top of that hill. My strength began to return, I didn’t focus on the size of that hill but instead, on Christ. I finished the race that day stronger than I started. My perspective was changed.

Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”

You can take that one to the spiritual bank. Life is tough, some days are grueling to even get through. We don’t always see the hill ahead or even the valley below. But, if we can focus our eyes on Jesus. We will be given His strength to run and not grow weary, walk and not faint. I want to finish stronger than I started. This life is the race. What are you running toward? Were you like me and just wanted to FINISH? When I began that race, I never thought of finishing stronger than I started. I just wanted to finish! Haha! But then, when it got tough and my strength failed me, I started to panic and wanted to quit. It was only at the point of asking Jesus for help and strength to finish well that I did just that. He pushed me to the finish. I bet He is pushing some of you too!

In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul encourages us with the outcome of living an Isaiah 40:31 kind of life. As he was running his race, he could see the finish line ahead. He said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” I bet heaven was so sweet when Paul ran into the arms of Jesus! He received the medal that said,
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23)

I don’t know about you but that gives me a renewed strength to run my race well! To finish stronger than I started! To finish well!

Till next time!

~Shana

 

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