The marathon at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis was one for the ages. The first-place finisher, Fred Lorz, hitched a ride in a car to the end of the course after he was struck with serious cramping. Thomas Hicks, who finished second, was poisoned before the race, and had to be carried across the finish line by his handlers. And Andarin Carbajal, who came in fourth, was a crazy Cuban. To raise enough money to get to St. Louis, he ran the entire length of Cuba. He arrived at the Olympics in dress clothing. And during the race, he stopped to take a nap.
What does the Bible say about running? Quite a bit, actually.
“Run with perseverance” (Hebrews 12:1).
“I have finished the race” (2 Timothy 4:7).
But we also have this warning: “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7).
Recovery Step: The Christian life is a race. And recovery is a race. Actually, it’s a marathon. And you cannot win unless you finish strong.