“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” -Hebrews 12:1
All of us are running a race in this life. Some racers are legendary, some barely leave a mark. Some enter a category of their own while others choose a mundane course to run. The key to an extraordinary life is to run the race marked out for you. Discover your strengths, find your purpose, and giving your life to something that is much larger than yourself. It’s only when you empty your life, using everything that you have and everything that you are to finish your race, that you will know you lived an extraordinary life.
How do you run the race marked out for you? How do you mark a course and start running? Get out your iPad, your laptop, or a pen and paper. Write out your bucket list—the things you want to do before you die. Write out your 1-year goals, your 5-year goals, your 10-year goals, and if you are brave, write out a 100-year course for your life. As you think about who you are, how you are designed, what things get you fired up, and how you want to invest your life, mark out a course that only you can run! A few years ago, I wrote out a 100-year plan. It’s amazing what you think of when you are not confined to a short amount of time. Marking out your life is about aiming toward those big dreams and big goals.
What is it that you want out of life? What is it that you want to contribute to this life and to this world? You know you can’t take anything with you when your race is over so what is it that you want to leave behind? What do you want to give away? What do you want to change? What experiences do you want to have? What do you want others to have because they met you? Who do you want to become? And who are you becoming? Will you leave a significant legacy? What will the signature of your life be? What stories will people share about you? Are you living a great story right now? What is your race to run?
I could keep going with the questions, but it’s as you answer these that you will begin to see, with clarity and focus, the race marked out for you. You will see the path that leads to you pouring out your life, every ounce of it, for bigger causes and for a bigger purpose than the here and now. You will see clearly how your one life can be one that changes history, even if it’s only a small part, because you will run the race marked out specifically for you!
Run Your Race
Persevere and don’t stop running until you get to that final mark!
Danny Ray is a Christian Illusionist that shares God’s Word through captivating illusions. He has traveled throughout the world performing top-notch sleight of hand for for small groups at the Magic Castle to groups of 10,000 at large conferences.