Let God be your pacesetter. I have a run a few races in my day. (Although my family might say it’s not running it’s just walking fast…to me it’s running, people!) I had a goal of running and finishing a marathon someday. I did run the Chicago Marathon once. The unrelenting sun caused many people not to be able to finish the race that day. I was one of those people. I made it to mile 23 and was pulled off the course because I was apparently running at an angle. I was prepared in all the ways I knew to prepare. I was not prepared for the sun that day. Someday I would love to finish a marathon. In large races like the Chicago marathon they have pace setters. If you have a goal of finishing in 4 hours you can do the math and know how fast each mile has to be to complete it in that time. You train with a pace in mind. A pace setter runs with a flag or a sign that has the pace on it. If you run with that pacesetter you will finish near your goal time. I remember seeing many pace setters pass me by in races and when I saw my pace… the goal I had for myself I would do my best to stay with or near that runner. It is a safety net for people who can’t keep a pace reliably (I’m one of these people for sure.)
We are told often through life’s different situations that we need to pace ourselves. Keaton had a goal of eating a giant burrito at a restaurant near our home. If he ate it, the manager promised him they would start a wall of pictures of the people who took the challenge and completed it. I think he was 12 at the time. He seriously prepared for this challenge. He didn’t eat lunch at school that day. He was hungry and ready BUT he had to pace himself. It was a huge burrito and back then he was a little guy. He paced himself. He didn’t want to go too fast and get sick. He didn’t want to go too slow and run out of time…and who wants to eat a cold burrito anyway? He did it. It was a proud moment in his 12 year old life. His picture hung on the wall of that restaurant for a few years and MANY people took the challenge and joined him on that wall.
We are all on different paths. God’s time table for us is a personal as our DNA. God’s path for Jill Clay is completely different than my neighbor or my friend. If we see someone excelling in something at a faster pace than us it’s frustrating. But we are all on different timetables and different paths.
Please let God be your pacesetter. You might not be able to handle at this moment what you see your friend achieving today. Look to HIM not to your friends or coworkers. You have no idea what God is preparing for you. Rest in this and work diligently at what God has put in front of you.
“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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3