If you have ever run in a 5K, race officials usually offer one of two options: a walk thru to see the course or provide a map that highlights the route of the path you are going to take. Without one or the other, there is always a chance of getting lost along the way. Therefore, if you don’t know which way to go, you either have to catch up to the participants in front of you or slow down to follow runners who pass you.
I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. – Psalm 119:32
This same principle applies to life. When you hit a fork in the road, decisions have to be made regardless of whether you are sure or uncertain. According to the Psalmist, those who remain teachable throughout life will stay on track until the finish, Psalm 119:33. On the other hand, individuals who lean on their own understanding often end up on the wrong course, Matthew 7:13.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us – Hebrews 12:1.
During his years as a shepherd, David learned the importance of good footing, Psalm 18:36, achieved by trusting in God. The apostle Paul takes this one step further, relying on the Holy Spirit to guide his steps, Galatians 5:25. While visiting the avid sports town of Corinth, the apostle Paul began to understand that mindset necessary to become a successful runner, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Whether you choose to support a local 5K as a runner or walker, make sure you are seeking after a crown that will last forever to ensure the runner’s guide to life.
by Jay Mankus