I have this cool watch I take with me whenever I go for a run (so once every six weeks).
It is a GPS watch and tracks lots of useful information for me as I limp along.
In addition to time, distance, current speed, and other stats it tracks my pace.
Understanding pace is one of the keys to a successful run.
I remember running the 600 in track as a fourth, fifth, and sixth grader. Pace was so important.
Pace was paramount when running the mile in high school as well.
Knowing your current pace and being able to pace yourself are skills needed to succeed in life not just running.
Too much too quickly will leave you with nothing left to give at the end.
Going too slow for too long will keep you out of contention altogether.
Pacing yourself through life is complex. There are times that require you to sprint and other times when a light jog will work just fine.
We’ve all felt life closing in on us before. It seems like no matter how hard you run you can’t catch up.
Thankfully there are also times when we seem to be cruising ahead of the rest with the wind at our back.
The Bible says “Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40.31, NLT)
So when it comes to pacing yourself through life do what you need to do, but don’t forget in whom or what you’ve placed your trust.
If your trust is in yourself or your abilities you’ll likely tire out.
If your trust is in Mr. or Ms. Right you will be disappointed.
When you make Jesus your focus, your pace will be right where it needs to be.
Yes, there will be moments when you feel you’ve been left behind, but remember God never leaves you.
Trusting in God no matter what helps you live out your life in the perfect timing.
Don’t worry if people seem to be outrunning you, don’t stress if you need to take a break to catch your breath.
God has called you to live the life your living. The steps of the Godly are directed by God and even if you fall He’s there to take you by the hand.
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (Hebrews 12.2-3, NLT)
Jesus is your pace car. Let Him lead. You follow.