How To Finish The Race Strong!

Like yesterday, it was 1st of January and alas, we are in December! Did you look at the calendar and wonder what you did this year? 

Taking stock of your achievements may sadden or gladden your heart depending on what your list looked like this year. But do you know no matter how our year looks like we need to finish strong?
 
The other day, I jogged to reach the main
gates of my house. A lady brought my daughter home and she had been waiting awhile in the car. I decided to give it a quick dash so the lady wouldn’t wait longer than necessary.

 When we got back to the house, I noticed my ankle hurt. Oh No! I think I strained it.
 ‘Well I’m home now’, I thought to myself.
 My agenda was getting my daughter home; no worries about the strained ankle…
 
Life kicks in this way for us… start, run, cross the finish line and hopefully claim our medal at the end of each race.
 
But our basic life-patterns consist of stops, crawls, walks, jogs and everything in between.
 
When we lose focus, we get carried away by vain achievements.
 
We become distracted by speed and hurry ourselves through life rather than actually living in it.
 
We miss out on savoring moments that make our race priceless.
 
Distraction is what hurts our journey most.
 
Like pain I felt on my ankle, distractions are pain we feel on the long run and we should learn to shut their ears and remain focused.
 
That same way, life challenges, pleasures and vanity, wave ‘distracters’ on our race tracks.
 
If we must finish well, we must learn to remain focused.
 
Although my feet hurt, I was satisfied in my spirit because the main goal had being achieved.
 
Finishing strong should matter to us than those treacherous race tracks.
 In life’s race, what matters is who carries you, how you get there and making it through to the finish line.
 
The finish line, Lord!
 
That’s the whole point of this race!
 
As the year draws to a close and the beginning of a new year unfolds, I encourage you to finish strong! 
 
Here are three important lessons:
 
The Power of Focus, fixing your eyes on the finish line will keep you away from the
distractions of life. Just as Apostle Paul, what awaits us on the other side is greater than what we perceive.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14
 
The Virtue of Persistence, The race tracks are treacherous, unforgiving and unmarked. There will be times you feel like giving up, get distracted but must arm yourself with persistence.
Get up when you fall, and keep moving!

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2Timothy 2: 3-4
 
The Substance of Faith
You have to believe, 
You will make it through the tracks
You will survive the unpredictable whether
You will make it through the finish line
Yes, friend, you will
Because the Lord is with you and you have to believe it.
 
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For
by it the elders obtained a good report. 
Hebrews 11:1

Prayer: Lord, thank you for carrying me through from the beginning of the year until now. Help me to finish strong and give me the strength that I need for the journey ahead in Jesus Name.

Comment Prompt: What quality can you add to this list?  

By His Great Grace,
Ifeoma Samuel

 

48 thoughts on “How To Finish The Race Strong!”

  1. Pain can also be case for pause. We don't have to press through pain but rather embrace it. Pain is purposeful too. I agree that running with focus is good, but I disagree that we must press forward. Sometimes we have to stop, stretch, and rest in Him. 😉 Jenn

    • Hi Jennifer, I agree we have to rest. My emphasis was not giving up. Sometimes pain we experience may become a source of distraction. In such times we need to persevere through the situation…
      Thank you for sharing your heart Jennifer. I'd always enjoyed reading through your reflections.
      Many Blessings to you

  2. For a VBS this summer, one of the activities was having kids line up facing each other. They were to yell and shout. One kid was to turn through the line without getting distracted. It was tough! But wow did that lesson sink in. Good motivation to focus on what really matters despite circumstances! Thanks Ifeoma!

  3. What a great word, Ifeoma!

    I love this reminder, "If we must finish well, we must learn to remain focused." Isn't that the truth!

    Oh, I want to remain focused on Jesus so that I may finish well!

    Sure do appreciate you!

    Found your post on FaithnFriends.

    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

  4. Great inspiration at the end of this fast moving year, Ifeoma! We don't have to limp across the finish line. We can choose to finish strong by His grace. Love this encouragement, friend!

  5. This is great – it is so important to keep moving towards the finish line. I have to remind myself its not a race as far as beating other people, it's more of the challenge of simply getting there and not being distracted.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Marissa

  6. Strong Finish has been resonating in my spirit for over a month. This post seals it. In fact, I too have a post in my drafts on the same subject. I love how God confirms his word time and time again. Happy to be visiting from #raralinkup

  7. I like it how this post can be summed up in three easy words to remember focus, persistence, and faith. I think faith is the most important. We trust God in the good times and the hard times. He is our rock!

  8. I firmly believe that we may finish strong even when we fail. Our aim is to win the prize, which we already obtain through faith in Jesus – that is, eternal life – but He also grows us immensely in our dependance and reliance on Him as we learn through our failings and realize that He alone sustains us. Good post here!! Thanks for sharing this with us at Grace & Truth!

  9. The power of humility could be another tool to help us let go of the things we have been holding too close and letting get in the way of God's rightful place in our lives, I think. At least for me, that is. I tend to look back and miss the good things, the small blessings that are really the stones in the altar of thanks we are building as we humbly purpose to exalt Him in all things. It is a necessary tool to add to our daily wardrobe, one I don't always remember to place carefully.
    Wise words of grace, Ifeoma, thank you!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  10. Oh, yes, distraction … and there are SO many to deal with! I could add acceptance of reality. Sometimes I feel like I fight to keep the vision or dream of what it is "supposed" to look like. Then I become so disheartened and lose focus!
    Great post, friend!

  11. Those were good points you made to keep in mind if we want to finish strong. Focused, persistence, and faith! Stay the course and don't get distracted by vain endeavors–that last one says a lot. I must take some of my endeavors to the Lord to make sure they line up with His will. Followed you at letmetellyouatruestory.
    Blessings, Janis

  12. These are some very good points, Ifeoma. We can't run a race while looking back at our mistakes, we have to keep our focus on the finish line. I know there are things I won't complete this year, but as long as I keep my focus on the end prize, it's okay. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

    • Thank you Lori, we all should keep pressing on and not give up on our God given plans.
      Thank you friend for your support and encouragement.
      Enjoy your hoildays
      Many Blessings to you, Lori

  13. Great message, Ifeoma! The distractions that try to take our focus off of Jesus and off of joy. Really needed to hear that today. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week! Merry Christmas, my friend 🙂

  14. How important to read this now – when distractions abound! Thank you so much for sharing this at Coffee and Conversation this week! Wishing you a blessed Christmas and much focus in the coming year 😉

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