I finally brought myself out for a run tonight… Running in NTU compound is an experience that I suppose I can get from nowhere else. I used to really hate running (well, I think I still dislike running), but I have a thing for running in NTU. I love the quiet moments, where there are few vehicles around, and not many people watching you.
As I started to run, in fact every time I run, I am reminded of these verses.
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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Although these two verses are not new to me, because I am reminded EVERY TIME I run, but the Lord showed me things in my life right now and perhaps in the academic year ahead that I will need to deal with.
The Lord revealed to me the issue of seeking man’s favour, and not God’s. It was then that I realise that I have always been feeling stressed about FYP because I was scared that I might not be able to win the favour of my mentor/profs/any other authority figures, hence not able to do well for my FYP. I was reminded of the importance of seeking God’s favour, and more importantly seeking God HIMSELF, above everything else.
The Lord also brought to my mind the people in my life – those that will cheer me on and encourage me and support me throughout the race, and those that judge me and jeer while I am running. It’s so important that we have people in our lives that will cheer us on and support us when we are running this race. It’s always easy when we are running the downslopes in the race, but when we run the steepest elevating slopes in the race, it’s definitely tough but it’s always easier to finish that part if there are people to push us and run with us. It is just too scary to be running this race alone because we are most vulnerable when we are by ourselves. We can easily give up and decide to hop on the bus at the nearest bus-stop, or worse still, take a cab. No, we need to finish running this race with no short-cuts.
God, I pray that You will teach me to run this race with perseverance. Help me to finish running this race and to never give up. Lord, You have marked out a different race route for all of us, so help me not to compare with others so that I may run my race well. Thank You, Lord.