One foot in front of the other, I rounded the corner. Sweat covering my forehead, feet pounding against the concrete, I was gasping for air, and willing my fatigued muscles to move. I thought to myself, “I should really stop here. This is enough running for today.” I was five minutes in and already feeling defeated. Once again, my Cerebral Palsy laden muscles did not want to come to the party. I faced a dilemma – would I run the race set out before me or would I stop prematurely?
As it turns out, this is a question that we all have asked ourselves at one point or another. As Christians, the Lord calls each of us to a unique race – one for which He has given us all that we need. You see, when we were created in His image, He had a plan for us, a purpose for our being. 1 Chronicles 16:24 tells us that we are to “declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” We are to know God well and to make Him known to those around us. This is our purpose on Earth. This is the race we are running.
Do not be ashamed of your struggles. It is in times of weakness that the Lord reveals His strength. Your difficulties may be the very thing that the Lord uses to draw someone nearer to Himself. Run your race regardless of the hardships that you face.
2 Corinthians 12:9 reads, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”