I was never great at running (always came last) but even I know that when you are running in a race you always look ahead (30-40m ahead according to running expert, Mitchell Phillips*). If you look to the side to wave at your friends, or behind to see how far ahead you are, it slows you down. The spiritual application of this is that it's hard to run the Christian race if you are distracted by your past, or the people or things around you. Hebrews 12:2 says, We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete.
CHALLENGE: What are some things that distract you from being more like Jesus? What steps can you take to fix your eyes on Jesus?
Here's an example from my own life. I love music and often have it on at home and work. I realised that a lot of the secular music I was listening to was about sex, drugs, living to please yourself, money etc. and there was a lot of bad language. Not all secular music is bad but I decided to change the radio station when an inappropriate song came on. I also purchased more Christian music to listen to. That helped me to fix my eyes on Jesus and not on the worldly stuff around me.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.