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Running on Sand

Running on Sand

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25 NIV

Ask any runner — the beach offers challenging terrain.

Some run barefoot while others wear shoes, but those who appear to stride effortlessly have been at it a while. They have had to train and build up strength to make it look so easy.

Running on a softer surface requires better balance and more energy from the muscles involved. There are plenty of risks too, such as sprains, strains, and puncture wounds. So why do it?

The payoff is worth it! These runners improve their strength, they experience less impact on their joints, and they burn more calories per mile. Training on a beach can literally put more spring in their step when they run on a hard surface like asphalt.

  • At times, running the race God sets for each of us seems more difficult than living a mediocre, milquetoast life.

But if the races of faith were easy, everyone would be running them. 

As Paul explained, our race centers around one goal — a life that’s pleasing to God, achieved by “strict training” —  and one prize — “A crown that will last forever.”

Challenging terrain aside, aren’t God’s pleasure and an everlasting reward worth everything?

Father God, help me to persevere when I’m weary and to keep my eyes on the end result.

Excerpted with permission from Devotions from the Beach, copyright Thomas Nelson.

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Your Turn

Running is hard. Running on sand? So much harder! Don’t be surprised or dismayed when running your race for Jesus Christ is much harder than you could have ever anticipated. The Holy Spirit is right there within you and beside you and will help you maintain your stride. Keep your eyes on Jesus! ~ Devotionals Daily