"Just Run Your Race at Your Pace"
"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith...Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart
My feet hit the pavement in a slow, steady rhythm. I am not fast. I am not graceful. But I like how stress rolls off me along with the sweat from my forehead, the way my favorite songs match the beat of my heart and the satisfaction of discovering I'm capable of more than I first thought.
The sky spreads blue above me and I'm content...until I see another runner out of the corner of my eye with a smooth, speedy stride I can hardly fathom. And suddenly I feel like I'm not doing anything right. Have you ever felt the same?
You love the blog post you wrote until you see someone else's got ten more facebook likes.
You're happy with your tried-and-true marriage until you see that lovey-dovey newlywed pic on instagram.
You think your personality is just fine until everyone flocks around the new, cool girl.
We can so quickly shift from focusing on "the race marked out for us" (Hebrews 11:1) to comparing ourselves with someone else. And as every runner knows, where your eyes go your feet (and heart and life) will follow.
The cure to comparing is considering. We're to fix our eyes on Jesus and "consider" all He went through for us (Hebrews 12:3). In other words, if we're going to focus on a path besides our own then we're to think about the one that led to the cross. Because that changes everything.
Instead of what we don't have, it reminds us of all we've been given.
Instead of how we don't measure up, it reminds us of the limitless grace that's ours.
Instead of self-pity, it gives us a reason to lift our hands and hearts in praise.