The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, October 15, 2022, comes to us from Anna Zietz of North Dakota.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
RUNNING THE RACE
Running is one of my favorite activities. I feel free and unstoppable when I’m running, and I love the rush of adrenaline. After a run, I feel like I just accomplished something huge. Even so, there are some days I don’t feel up to it. Finding the motivation to run can be hard, even though I’m always glad when I do it. Our faith life can be like that too.
We are called to pray daily and to follow God’s will for us, but saying yes to these things isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s hard to wake up early to spend time with God or to release our control and follow God’s plan for us. However, as Christians we are called to pray daily and to follow God’s plan for our lives. Hebrews 12:1 encourages us to run God’s race with perseverance. The race set before us spans our entire lives and requires us to say yes over and over – praying, showing compassion, going to church, and following God’s plan for us. I challenge you to say yes to God – whatever that looks like for you. We can give thanks to God for every opportunity to run the race before us.
I encourage you to reread Anna’s reflection and prayerfully consider how you might accept the challenge she offers to us this day.
Dear Lord, forgive us for the times we don’t say yes to you. Give us the courage and strength to say yes more often. Amen.
-- Anna Zietz
Thought for the day:
Every day brings new opportunities to run the race for God.