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Adapted from ‘The Journey: How to Live By Faith in an Uncertain World’ by Billy Graham (W Publishing Group, 2006). Used by Permission.
The journey God has given us isn’t a sprint but a marathon. A sprint covers only a short distance and lasts just a few seconds, while a marathon covers miles and may last for ours. Like the marathon runner, we are in it for the long haul. Our journey—our race—lasts as long as God gives us life, and we aren’t meant to wander off the track, or quit and join the spectators, or decide we’ll just slow down and take it easy while others pass us by. Our example is Jesus, “who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right had of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Today, write a pledge to finish the race. Start with, “By the grace of God, I am determined to finish my race.” Then, specify the ways in which you want to stay the course—in your family, your work, your ministry, or any other area of life.

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