May 6, 1954– English athlete, Roger Bannister was the first person to run a mile in less than 4 minutes (3:59:4). That may not sound like a big deal, but you know the track that’s around a football field? That means you have to run around that in less than a minute, four times in a row. The current record is 3:47:01. That’s crazy fast–and the real challenge is to do that for the whole mile. It’s one thing to be blazing fast for a short distance, but to run that fast for a mile shows crazy endurance.
Have you ever heard the term, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. It means to have patience and expect to have to work at something for a long time. God tells us that in His Word too. Being a Christian, living a godly life, walking in His steps–it takes endurance.
He gives strength to those who are tired. He gives power to those who are weak. 30 Even young people become worn out and get tired. Even the best of them trip and fall. 31 But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.
Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIRV)
Now the God Who helps you not to give up and gives you strength will help you think so you can please each other as Christ Jesus did.
Romans 15:5 (NLV)
So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit.
Hebrews 12:1 (ERV)
Dear Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank you for listening to me. Help me to get more endurance, to run the race before me. Teach me to never quit, and forgive me for when I do want to quit. Amen.