I don’t think you’re running away.
I think you are running for your life.
Are you tired of running for your life?
When we try to run from our troubles, we end up running for our survival.
Everything we do, our whole life becomes incorporated in the run.
Running for our life implies we are afraid of what is behind us, what may be chasing us.
And that terror feeds our need to keep running.
Running for your life only reveals what is driving you.
Let me explain.
When your fears or hurts are in the driver’s seat, you are running on impulse, feelings.
Which may or may not be true, or may not ever come true.
It is the actions that follow our feelings which reveals why we do what we do.
If fear is driving you, you run afraid of being caught.
If pain is ushering you on, you run towards anything you can find to dull your pain.
This kind of running only leads to physical exhaustion, excessive mental stress, emotional instability and spiritual drought.
We were never meant to run under such duress, trying to make it on our own.
We were meant to run towards.
Towards what God has for us.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Along side Him,
- the wind behind us,
- the power strengthening us,
- the love sustaining us,
we are to run the path of our lives, knowing God is waiting for us at the end of our race.
We were never meant to run any other way.
Jesus came to clear the way for us to run into His arms, find our true Home, and fully live our lives with purpose and intention.
Not allowing our failures, hurts & wounds to cause us to run away from the lives He wants for us.
Its time to hang up your old sneakers, leaving your hangups with them, and lace up your new running shoes of the faith.
For God doesn’t just give us new clothes to cover us when we bring our dirty laundry to Him, He gives us new shoes, ones that help us spread the gospel of peace.
We cannot be spreading peace when we are in survival mode.
Take a few minutes, and ask God to let you know where you have been running for your life, allowing fear or pain to drive you along. Give Him whatever memory or thought that comes to mind as a result. Call out to Him. Ask Him to free you from running away from His best for you, and wait as He speaks to you all He has for you to hear to help you run the race along side Him.
There is no better running partner than the One who designed you. The One who died so you can run with Him. The One who constantly coaches and guides you. The One who never leaves you, no matter the circumstance or storm!
The One who will be meeting you at the end of your race, to embrace you and welcome you to where you belong forever: with Him.
He is the prize at the end of our race.