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What's your Race Pace?

What’s Your Race Pace?

Pace Yourself

Run Your Race

 Race Pace - swim

”Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

– Galatians 5:25

Our local cycling and triathlon shop, Race Pace, serves as a constant reminder to stick to your plan and find your own race pace. But as I endured another wave of triathletes swimming over the top of me, I was fighting to survive. The words of my friend who is a seasoned triathlete echoed in my mind …“run your race.” I ignored this important piece of advice. It was my first triathlon, and I sprinted to the front with the strongest swimmers and was completely gassed out just 200 meters into the swim. I scrapped my pre-race plan to stay to the outside of the pack on the swim, go out easy, and save some energy for the bike and run.

I had a good race plan, but I abandoned it. Unfortunately, I got caught up in the emotion of the event and was influenced by others’ abilities; I raced ahead of my abilities. Following a good plan is better than throwing it out when caught up in the moment. I had abandoned the coaching I received, because I thought I could do it on my own. I wanted to win, and I was willing to risk it. I paid a price for my foolishness. My kids kept wondering when they would see Dad come out of the water…then they watched for me to come in on the bike…then they watched hundreds of other runners cross the finish line, and I was nowhere in sight! Even though I finished the race, it was a punishing day. I was beaten and exhausted. This is not the way we are supposed to compete.

The Master Coach has given us His plans. When we follow those plans, we can be assured of His Presence and His Purpose. When we abandon the plan and pursue our own purpose is when we get into trouble.

The Israelites heard promises and plans directly from God. They were special in that way. But they, like us, needed to be reminded frequently about what was expected and how things would go. When God was describing their entry into the Promised Land, He told them to be patient, to follow the plan and to do it His way. 

“But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals would multiply and threaten you. I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to take possession of the land.”

– Exodus 23:29-30

Be patient, think long-term and do it the right way. This was God’s instruction for His people, because He knew best. He was telling them, “Run Your race. Pace yourself. Stay in step with the Holy Spirit. Don’t go out too fast and run out of gas. My pace is the best pace. Trust me, I know what I am doing!” Staying in step with God means that you follow in His footsteps. You don’t go where He doesn’t lead.

Run Your Race. Pace yourself. Keep in step with the Holy Spirit. Let Him lead you and teach you the race pace that works for you. In the end, you can trust His plan and enjoy His promises.

Run Your Race,

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Take Action:

  1. Have you consulted with the Master Coach for His plans for your life?
  2. In what ways have you abandoned the plan and gone out in your own strength?
  3. What are the benefits of running your race at the pace God has set for you?

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