Our task is not to be people pleasers but Jesus pleasers and to run our race solely for him.
Although I’m not a runner—at all—I resonate with the analogy here. Visualize this with me. You’re running in a race, doing the best you know how to run well, avoid pits and roadblocks in the road, run efficiently and effectively, and stay focused on the finish line. But as you’re running, you start to hear the whispers—sometimes the jeers—of the crowd. “Look at the way she runs! She runs like a duck! Where did she get those running shoes? They’re terrible! Who told her she could finish this race?” If you turn to look at the jeering crowd, you’re likely to stumble, lose your footing, and fall flat on your face.
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