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Run the race but keep your eye on God, not the goal

run your own raceBy VANESSA W. SNYDER

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” — I Corinthians 9:24

Ever notice how hard it is to stop children from running? They take every opportunity to run. As adults we don’t run – at least not physically. And when we run, it’s in hope of getting something.

We run toward careers, marriage, education, ministry — anything that we think will finally fulfill us.

I work in education and I’m part of a leadership training program that’s preparing me to be an administrator. For the past several months, I’ve been reading all sorts of leadership material so I can be the best leader possible.

I have a mentor and I listen to anything and everything that pertains to leadership. I’m checking out books, attending seminars and always up for a discussion about the topic. The passion in me is growing everyday.

I’m running toward this leadership goal because I believe it’s a place God has pointed me to for my entire life.

However, the Holy Spirit spoke to me (in that gentle voice) and said, “If you just run toward me, you’ll find everything you need to be the leader I’ve called you to be.”

Why not run toward Him? Anyone can run, but how many of us will run and receive the ultimate prize — living a fulfilled life that is surrendered to God.

Wow. How’s that for an epiphany? Of course, somewhere inside I know this. How could I forget? And when I stopped and thought about what it means to run toward my heavenly Father, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace.

So now I’m redirecting myself and running toward all things God. Before I pick up another leadership book, I’m committing to dig into the Word of God — the ultimate leadership guide.

I’m delving back into my set of MasterLife books and remembering all that I learned in Divine Discipleship for Sisters class at First Baptist Church of Glenarden. I know He will show me the way, mold me and make me the leader He desires.

I encourage you to run with me and be restored.

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