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The Marathon

  • For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness' 2 Timothy 4:6 WEB

    While having dinner with some friends of our family who happened to be avid runners, we listened to them talk about the marathons that they had completed across the country. After they told us about their last 26 mile run, I learned how to make him very angry by using only three words: Did you win?

    Apparently you don't ask a marathon runner that question, and the husband took it as a serious insult. He was Chinese, and after uttering some language that I did not understand and probably didn't want to, he explained that finishing a marathon is your win.

    You are competing against your own body, fatigue, the weather, and the clock. Everyone there has different bodies, skills, strengths, and finishing a 26-mile marathon at all is considered a victory. When he finished his thirty-minute speech, I agreed.

    As Christians we are all in a marathon. Some people move faster than others. Some hold a slower pace. It does not matter. It is staying the course, completing 'your' race.

    You are competing against your own body, its desires, weariness, and not against others. Take your time, set goals, and most importantly, if you fall, get up. No one finishes a marathon by laying on their face. Get up and keep putting one foot in front of the other one, and you will finish this marathon well just as Paul did.

    'Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us' (Hebrews 12:1).

    Prayer: Father strengthen me today and make me steady in this race of life. Help me see the big picture of my life, and the hope that You have for me. Help me finish my race well, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! No comparing myself to others! Just stay the course! I can do this as long as God is with me :) Thank you For your inspired words once more. Blessings! Hope you are having fun on your road trip!
December 5, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
December 5, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen 
December 5, 2015
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell I think this is a very important message to recieve, so many so called Christians seem to look at others, and make cutting comments about them. The race is ours to run, not theirs. We all have a past to fight against, and the devil loves to remind us of just that. We cannot change the past, we can only repent and move forward not repeating it when ever possiable.
December 5, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler love comment...so on target for me..Blessings!
December 5, 2015
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan One thing for sure-the results are what we receive!!!!!!! In not finishing, you will deal with all those thoughts!! Than again you can be kind too yourself or beat yourself up!! I'm a Veteran!! In My recovery many times I went the wrong road, took too much on perhaps!! In being real, facing the facts too many times I had too back out!! It takes guts!!!!!!!!! Again Healthy friends and support is key!! God Loving Fearing friends is quite different than selfish judumental worldly people!!!
December 5, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Good words...thanks!
December 5, 2015
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Cheryl Graham
Cheryl Graham God give me patience and help me finish the race well. Amen!
December 5, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Blessings to you Pastor Dion & Sylvia!  Love this msg...needed it.  Marathon is it for me.  New changes with puppy Zoey..I wonder of my new life with her for many changes have followed & putting one foot in front of other is my answer.  Moving body in a new marathon way.  This all will change again. Praise the Lord for He never changes...keeps me steady!!
December 5, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen ! some days I may run and other days crawl. My goal is to stay in the race and finish. My food is The Word and my drink is His Living Water. Prayer is my energizer and The Armor of God protects me from attacks along through way.  It is a long race but through His Grace I will one day cross the finish line.      
December 5, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza I love your reflections on this. Giving it a good race. We may fall along the way but getting up and continue the race with the grace of GOD we will finish the race faithfully
December 5, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
December 5, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen! This is so good to remember that God created all of us different and whill runing this race we all have different gifts and all we do is in Gods timing, because He is the One working through us, and It is all for His glory. Some day, I do want Him to say to me well done though good and faithful servent.
December 5, 2015
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor So true! I love the quote you used: For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness' 2 Timothy 4:6 WEB     That verse hits home with me today, as yesterday was the funeral a police officer I knew, who also was a co-pastor at his church and a champion ice dancer and a coach.  He was killed in the line of duty, going above and beyond his duty. When I saw this verse, I immediately knew that for me, God was referring to Garrett.  Pastor Dion, your devotionals are such a blessing, and God uses them well! 
December 5, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!
December 5, 2015
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen! Help me always fight the good fight and finish the race strong God!
December 5, 2015
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you for your wisdom and also your self control..... We can all learn from this... We are all different but God loves us anyway ...Lord help us all to Fight the good fight....
December 5, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
December 5, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord, I want to finish well in Your eyes, amen. 
December 5, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Let us run with patience.
December 6, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Amen Thank you for your always on time words. Pastor Todd
December 6, 2015
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin Dear Lord please give me the strength to go on. I sometimes have a very difficult time to get going, not because I don't want to, it's because I've been down so long it's difficult to get going. 
December 6, 2015
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro Oh to see the big picture of my life and they hope that He has for me.  Father help me to see Your plans and wipe away anything that holds me back!
December 7, 2015
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.In Gods grace and mercy help me Lord to run the straight race,to keep faithful to you,help me be the person you want me to be.In all that I do and say.In Jesus name I ask.
December 10, 2015