[we pray that you may be] strengthened and invigorated with all power, according to His glorious might, to attain every kind of endurance – Colossians 1:11 Amplified Bible
Running a marathon by the age of forty used to be a goal of mine. Key words in that sentence being “used to”. Now, at the age of forty five, my thoughts towards running a marathon are “a’int nobody got time for that”.
I admire endurance athletes. Their dedication to their sport fascinates me. Training for a marathon takes hours and hours of disciplined effort. I have friends that get up at 4am every morning to run. I have friends that run despite having plantar fasciitis. I have friends that run whether it is 10 below or 90 and humid. As for me, I am more of a jog/walk when the sun is out and its 68-72 without humidity, and with a friend, kind of Girl.
When it comes to setting and reaching goals I often hear the quote “it is a marathon, not a sprint”. Though I tend to roll my eyes at the cliche of it, it really is true. In order to accomplish anything worthwhile, it is going to require endurance training of some sort.
It is no different with our faith. Our faith journey will require ongoing endurance training. According to today’s verse, there is more than one kind of endurance we will need.
We will need emotional endurance to forgive, and to walk in love towards others. We will need physical endurance to accomplish the things God has planned for us. Most of all, we will need spiritual endurance when the enemy attacks our beliefs through sickness, lack, broken relationships, and the many, many, lies he speaks to us daily.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your unfailing love towards me. Thank you for blessing me with all of the strength and endurance I will need for each day. Thank you for the many times you have strengthened me in the midst of trial and hardship. Thank you for promising me that I will come out of the trial stronger than better than before. In Jesus’ name, Amen.