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Houlton United Methodist Church

See You at the Finish Line

Today’s passage says that our spiritual journey is like running a race. But it’s not a 100 yard dash. It is a marathon. In the short distance race, speed is important. In the long distance race, endurance is what leads to success. That is why Hebrews 12:1 says, “Let us run with endurance…” Victory in the Christian life comes through endurance. Since our race set before us is like a marathon, we don’t see the whole path. We don’t see the finish line. So oftentimes, on the journey we may feel like we make no progress and will never make it. We may feel like the loneliness and hopelessness will settle like a foggy mist upon us forever. But praise God! Thankfully, we are not left jogging in the dark. The author of Hebrews provides two or three proven ways to stay the course and to finish the race.