I have been doing a good bit of running lately. To be honest, it helps me clear my head. It doesn't feel great, but it helps me think more clearly. I have heard it said before that everyone runs for a reason; they're either running towards something or running from something. So I started about that tonight. Am I running towards something or from something? And then these verses came to mind.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2
These are familiar verses that we often forget. Nobody runs for running's sake. They run to be healthy, lose weight, clear their head, and several other reasons. The writer of Hebrews gives us a clear cut reason to run. We are to run towards Jesus Christ. He is the goal that we are running towards. Why do we look towards Him? He's run the same race that we are running. He walked on the same Earth that we live on. He got hungry like we do, tired like we do; He lived just like us, except with out sin.
So how do we run towards Him? We look at His example. We handle life the same way He did. It's almost like putting something together for the first time. We keep looking back at the original copy to see how the architect designed and built it. Though sometimes those drawings aren't very clear, the Bible is very clear on how we are to live; we just need to be willing to take the time and read it. Many times, instead of running towards Christ, we run towards other things like: fame, fortune, acceptance, success, etc... Some of us may actually be running from something like: our past, our heritage (afraid we'll repeat the sins of our parents), etc...
Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount that if we seek Him first, the rest will fall into place. So do we seek Him? Are we setting our eyes on Him and running towards Him? Or are we running towards something else? Or are we running from something? Comment below on what you think we tend to run towards or from.