Our faith walk is not a mere stroll in the park, nor is it a bed of roses. The Bible compares it to: 

1. A Race

Hebrews 12:1 ‘And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’ 

In the Amplified Bible it says: ‘and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us!’ The term RACE speaks of an athletic contest, but the Greek original is wider than this and it speaks of a ‘struggle in the soul’. The original Greek word is ‘agon’ and we get the English word agony from this word. We are given some keys in handling the race! We must run with PATIENT ENDURANCE. We must run with STEADY AND ACTIVE PERSISTANCE. We must run THE APPOINTED COURSE SET BEFORE US. We can’t and should not try to run someone else’s race.  

2. A Building That Is Under Construction

1 Corinthians 3:10 ‘By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.’ 

None of us are there yet. We are building and our lives can be compared to a building that is still under construction. We all would prefer the finished product. But GOD is not finished with us yet. I remember reading a quote some years ago and it said: ‘Be patient with me, God is not finished with me yet!’ Your life is a building that is still under construction.   

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