by Pastor Mark Jordan
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6, NIV)
I recently took up running again. Okay, running might be a stretch — some might call it fast walking — but I’m doing it. I have gotten to where I can get moving and keep going for upwards of an hour without stopping, which is a HUGE development for me.
Earlier in May, when we played the church family softball game, I thought it was time for me to really try out my “new wheels.” Playing in the outfield and running the bases brought forth a great reality for me — jogging and sprinting are two altogether different things. Once I was sprinting, it dawned on me I didn’t have the endurance I thought I did; at least not over shorter distances at relatively quicker speeds.
And so it goes with life. Life is like a marathon that requires great endurance to push through soreness and fatigue in order to run the race. But let’s get real…there are times when you have to give it all you have with maximum intensity for a brief period of time. You need training to build endurance for both kinds of exertion. Taking this metaphor off the ball field and into the arena of life, you can trust God to give you the spiritual endurance you need. And as you read today’s passage, you realize that you can’t do it alone. Additionally, it isn’t just you that needs it, but everyone you do life with!
I hope you feel like you have a great team to help keep you going during the long slog of life. I also hope you feel this team is with you when you have to give it all you have in those times when sprinting is necessary. Trust God to give you the endurance, and join up with your Trinity at The Well team to run, regardless how fast you think you can trot, or how much longer you have to travel. We all need each other.
Prayer: Living and loving God, I thank you for giving me the endurance I need to run the race you’ve set out for me. Whether I’m jogging, or sprinting all-out, help me to know I don’t run alone, and have a team to help me keep pace. I pray this in your holy and helping name. Amen.