May 10, 2016 – Tuesday
Hebrews 12:1-2 [ESV] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
I recently attended my country’s national collegiate cross-country championship. Over 500 men and women ran, including my son who ran for the winning team. The men on his team averaged just under 30 minutes for the 10,000-meter race –- a true testament to their dedication and endurance.
I’ve watched my son run for the past nine years and know the tremendous dedication he has for his sport and team. In each race, he is motivated to endure all obstacles and conditions so he can run the best time possible for himself and his team.
Watching my son’s championship caused me to reflect on my own dedication and endurance for running the race set before me – including in the workplace. God requires me to pursue excellence in my job while remaining a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. As a Christian public servant, I cannot run well without Him. To serve others requires dedication only to Him and endurance only for Him.
Now, you don’t have to be a cross country champion to know your position in your own race. At work today, realize you cannot run well without Him. So dedicate yourself only to Him and serve with endurance only for Him.
Only to Him and only for Him. Today at work, win the race with Him!
Dear Lord, help me always keep my eyes fixed on You and run the race that You have set before me. Today let me win by glorifying You. There will be trials, I know. But grant me the strength and perseverance to endure those trials set before me so I might serve You through my service to others. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Paul Theroux, MPA
Maintenance Program Manager
U.S. Department of Defense
Naval Base Norfolk
Norfolk, Virginia USA