The Finish Line

I yearn for an eternal perspective.

I want to be like a runner in a race where my focus and all my attention is on the finish line. For me, that finish line is eternity with my Creator.

I want to live my life with Heaven at the forefront of my mind.

This is no easy task. We live in a society where we seek instant pleasures. You wake up and decide you need a new toaster. You go on Amazon and with just one click can have that toaster waiting for you on your porch the next morning.

Don’t get me wrong. I think today’s technology and the quick accessibility of needs is a blessing. But, I think our society causes many distractions in our pursuit of the cross.

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross.” | Hebrews 12: 1-2

Success. We all want it. Whether it be success in our job, relationships, or sports – it is something we all strive to achieve. Desiring success is in no means a bad thing. But, it becomes detrimental when it turns into a desire of perfection.

Listen, seeking perfection is something I’ve struggled with my entire life (go check out Perfection Misconception and you’ll see). Just recently, I realized we desire to live a “perfect” life because  we believe we are not enough.

A few months ago I experienced a huge breakthrough where I identified that God is enough. He is enough in my sufferings and He is enough in my victories. If I recognized that Christ is enough, why do I struggle with believing that who I am, right now, is enough? Doesn’t the Bible say that we are made in His image? We are reflections of the Creator of this universe, which tells us we are enough.

All of our striving to be enough was handled at the cross. The perfect life we dream of will never be accomplished. The only human to walk this Earth and live a perfect life was Jesus.

Therefore, we should set our eyes on Him.

When we have our eyes set on earthly things we are like a hamster on a wheel running after nothing, over and over again, in a never-ending circle. But when we live with an eternal perspective we are chasing one thing — our Heavenly Father. And as we go through life running a race toward Heaven our hearts are changed by our Maker and we experience a life of true joy.

The race I’ve been running hasn’t been to Heaven. It’s been to my idea of a perfect life – playing volleyball in college, graduating with honors, landing my dream job, and so on.

But, the moment I declared Christ is enough for me my chains to earthly things were broken. The finish line changed to Heaven, and I began running freely to my Father’s open arms.

When I’m running to Him there is no room for fear. No fear in death. No fear in the unknown. No fear in failing.  No fear in rejection.

This eternal perspective is something I must fight and pray for daily.

When life gets hectic and I can’t see past the assignments and hours of practice, I’m quick to forget where I’m running. But because our God is so gracious, He nudges me.  Whether it’s through a simple text from a friend, a song or a prayer, He will remind me of the true finish line – a life of beautiful harmony with the Heavenly King.

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” | Philippians 3:13-14

 

 

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