Track teams undergo strict training and run each day. They slowly build up their endurance to be able to run further and further. There is much pain in this training. The runners start to get out of breath, experience cramps, and pains. In spite of the pain they keep running. Our spiritual walk is like this too.
We must continue the race through the pain and suffering in our life. We must press through when we are physically ill, dealing with difficult people, or struggling through battles. No matter the pain we have to continue to run the race. We must keep focused and keep running this race that has been set before us (Heb. 12:1-3).
Pressing “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14) will take your eyes off the pain, frustrations, and struggles. Instead of turning inward, turn outward and look up to the hills where our help comes from, our help comes from the Lord (Ps. 121:1-2).