My hometown of Upham, North Dakota, hosts annual Turtle Races (literally). It can get pretty exciting to see which turtle will go the fastest, but usually slow and steady wins the race.
God’s word tells us to be steady, diligent, and determined for the race set before us.
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a, NIV)
Those turtles, slowly making their way to the finish line, are keeping their eye on the prize. And we need to keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus. God is running a race right alongside us, helping us persevere.
Some days we may need to walk, and other days run like the wind. And much like the turtle, there will be days that we need to crawl or even let God carry us. Jesus is the one who will see us to the finish line.
This message is excerpted from “Should we try to be more like turtles?” by Lisa Plorin from the August 16, 2018, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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