I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be running. Running here, running there, always running trying to keep up with family, friends, projects, responsibilities, and upcoming events. In the midst of all my busyness, I’ve found it’s critical to stop and ask myself, “Which way am I running?”

Every day, we find ourselves running toward people and things and/or away from people and things. Have you ever stopped to think about what or who you are running toward or what or who you are running from?

We all face times in life when we become discouraged or lack the courage, confidence, and faith to embrace God’s desired plans for our lives. Past sin, pain, and failure can create insecurities and fears that can cause us to hesitate when God prompts us to speak up, accept new challenges, and take on new roles.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

God has prepared beforehand new opportunities and adventures for us. But, it’s up to us to recognize these possibilities, set aside our insecurities and fears, and courageously walk toward them and not away from them! God’s deeply desires us to say yes, seize the moment, run well, and not be hindered by our past sin, pain, and failures.

You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?” Galatians 5:7

For years, I allowed my insecurities to keep me from boldly pursuing God’s plans for my life. But, once I dealt with my past sin, pain, and failures and incorporated a support system of godly friends, encouragers, and accountability partners, I felt free to fully embrace God-given opportunities with confidence and courage.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,

let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,

and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

Join me today in laying aside any hindrances in your life that keeps you from running toward God and toward the things He has prepared for you. Together, let’s hold fast to His Word and fully embrace our God-given opportunities, so we will not run our race in vain!

“…holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.” Philippians 2:16