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All of us are sometimes running tired and our life may often feel a bit like a rat race. My friend, Drew Crandall, encorages us to adopt a realistic biblical perspective.
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The Real Finish Line
by Drew Crandall
 "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;"
Hebrews 12:1-2a (KJV):
 
COMMENTARY: 
For many years, I've served on the leadership team of the annual Thanksgiving Day "Manchester Road Race" in Connecticut. For each of the approximately 15,000 runners, the distance is the same (4.748 miles) and the finish line is in the exact same location. It's all very predictable.  
 
By contrast, imagine running in a race in which you won't know the distance until you're finished. You're not told in advance where the finish line will be. That's the kind of race that you and I are in. 
Only God knows when our lives will vaporize. And vaporize they must. Of the billions of people who have lived since Adam and Eve, all of their lives on this earth eventually vaporized at some unexpected time and place. 
 
Therefore, the real finish line for you and for me is not when we retire from our secular jobs. It's not when we reach whatever milestones we have created for our lives. The real finish line is when you and I die. 
 
APPLICATION: 
Over the past month, four of my wife's family, friends or acquaintances died at ages 34 (opioid overdose), 60 (cancer), 64 (alcohol poisoning) and 98 (heart failure). So the topic of death is especially relevant as I write today's devotion.   
 
The blunt and brutal reality is that 100 years from now, every person with whom you work--bosses, co-workers, employees, customers, suppliers, and professional peers--will be dead (unless the Lord returns). God has placed you in your workplace for such a time as this, to be an ambassador for His eternal Kingdom. Are you representing Him well? Exhibiting the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit? Sharing the Good News and the Word at appropriate times and places? Injecting Biblical principles into workplace policies and practices?   
 
Keep running the race that's set before you, however long it turns out to be!  
You may get tired and discouraged, and want to quit, but don't give up! 
You may be tempted to go off-track, but don't get sidetracked and bogged down in foolishness!
 
Joyfully yours,
Drew    

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