Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 NIV
Greyhounds are known for their sprinting abilities. They can run up to 45 mph and are used in short distance dog racing. They are champion sprinters but can be conditioned as jogging companions. As a distance runner, greyhounds can run 35 mph for up to seven miles.
Sled dogs, like the Siberian or Alaskan Huskies are designed for marathon races. They team up and run up to 125 miles per day for races lasting nine to fourteen days. They pull sleds during the race in extreme climates. Huskies have strength and endurance.
I’ve often heard that the Christian life is a marathon not a sprint. This is definitely true but sometimes the short distances we gain each day is a step in the right direction. Zechariah 4:10 tells us to not despise small beginnings. Little victories make a blue ribbon champion. Inch by inch we progress towards the finish line whether it be steady progression or quick sprints.
Just as the dogs were designed by God to run their races and succeed, God has designed each one of us to excel with various gifts and talents. We run our race with perseverance and in daily strength from our Maker. Isaiah 40:31 states, “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Our life is a journey that God has prepared for each one of us. No two runners are the same. If you are designed as a sprinter, run as fast as you can for as long as you can. Your endurance will increase as you throw off every weight that holds you down. If you are designed for endurance, take time to enjoy the run. Don’t let the lessons learned and the little victories go without celebration as you pursue the long-term goal.
Jesus is waiting at the finish line for every runner. He is cheering you on and celebrates your victories. He waits to give you a crown that will last forever and praise you for a race well run (I Corinthians 9:25).