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Enduring to the Finish

You're focused on reaching the gold, you've made adequate steps in your life to pursue it, but you continue to face obstacles in your path. These hurdles—circumstances, people, or both—seem to block your path toward the gold. When you look around at the other track lanes, your obstacles don't seem fair, especially when the homeschool mom in lane 6 runs past you without any difficulty.

What do you do when life throws you into circumstances that seem insurmountable? Do you stop in your tracks and refuse to run? Or do you compare your path to the paths of those who are running beside you? As Christians, we should model the example of Christ's endurance found in Hebrews 12:1-3:
And let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

But how can you as a homeschool mom learn to endure? First, look to Christ for help. He is the perfect example. He provides the strength you need (John 14:13). He understands your struggles, and He promises to be with you. Second, you must also be faithful in your training. Only through faithful discipline of your mind and commitment to God will you be able to reach the gold (Luke 16:10). Take time everyday to read, memorize, and meditate on the Word of God. Then put those lessons into practice. You will be amazed at the improvement in your stamina as you give yourself over to the One who longs for you to depend on Him. His grace will carry you over the hurdles on the track of life until you reach the end.

As you begin to gain speed on the track, you'll recognize others who ran past you earlier. Remember the other homeschool mom in lane 6? As she comes back into view, you'll remember that her track lane did hold many hurdles; they were just different from the ones God allowed in your path. And just like you, she must also learn to trust and depend on the One who overcame sin before she can claim the gold awaiting her at the finish line.

The next time you find yourself facing an obstacle, try looking down at your feet. See the two white lines that distinguish your lane? They mark the unique path that God has chosen for you. Everything you will face in that lane, He already knows about. Depend on Him alone to provide you with the endurance needed to reach the finish line (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

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