Running the Race

 Inspirational Thoughts


Running the Race

in order to

Bless Your Life

A Devotional Page

Inspirational Thoughts from Beth McLendon

This is a   2 week   devotional

June 20 - July 1


Inspiration for

Running the Race

We all need inspiration sometimes!

Consider taking your children and teens

through this page.

to this page

This page is intended to bless and encourage you
as you:

Run your Race
for God.

This page is inspired by two things:

  • Bible verses about Running the Race
  • A movie called Chariots of Fire.

Chariots of Fire is an inspirational movie

about an athlete, Eric Liddell, who runs his race for God.

The movie is a large and frequent part of this page.

The first video on the page gives a quick look at the movie.

You may want to view this movie trailer today

or at some point in the week.

I highly recommend you watch the movie at some point in the near future. It is my hope that the movie will be entertaining and inspirational for you.

Here is a quick look at

Chariots of Fire:

Running the Race


We all fall down.

Monday Devotional

In life, we all fall down.

Remember back to a time when you fell down.

Was it hard to get back up?

What helped you get back up?

What about the next time you fall down?

I want to leave something with you to inspire you so that the next time you fall down, it will be easier to get up.

It is my hope that the next time you fall down, you will remember the following short videos, and they will make it easier to get back up.

The first one is from the movie: Chariots of Fire.

I'm titling the first one: Get Back Up and Become a Miracle of God

Get Back Up and Become a Miracle of God

We all stumble and fall sometimes.

Don't quit.

You can still win the race!

Inspirational Music


When I fall down,

You Raise Me Up.


Let us Run the Race with Perseverance!


Hebrews 12:1-2

Inspirational Music featuring Hebrews 12:1-3

We live for you, Lord!

Let us run with endurance the race
that is set before us.

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,

let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares


and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,

who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,

despising the shame,

and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV

Dear Lord,

I will stir up zeal for You,


I will stir up zeal for running the race

in a way that gives you glory.



God has us in a training program.

We sometimes call it spiritual growth.


God trains us as godly athletes.

In this training program,

God coaches us in order

to help us become great spiritual athletes.


I urge you to submit to God and ask him to

be your Coach and train you.

I press toward the goal for the prize

of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ.

Philippians 3:14 NKJV

Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty.

Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest,

when I have preached to others,

I myself should become disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:26-27 NKJV

The video above talks about running when you are tired.
We do not recommend that you push yourself
when you are jogging.
Please make wise decisions.


The next video is a great video

to illustrate God's training program.

However, the music is too loud.

I hope you will be able to hear the teaching and

gain inspiration from it.


The Christian Walk is like a race.

Last week,

we began talking about Running the Race.

This week

we will continue to talk about insights into Running the Race.



More Insights into the Christian Life

from the movie

Chariots of Fire


Eric Liddell shares advice on

Running the Race

Eric Liddell teaches on

Isaiah chapter 40

The Bible Says

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

Often we forget to wait on the Lord.

Hebrews 12 tells us:

Let us lay aside every weight,

and the sin which so easily ensnares us,

and let us run with endurance the race

that is set before us


What sins do you have that weigh you down?


Finding the Strength to Stand Back Up

After a Fall


Today we have three short

inspirational videos

to stir up strength.


Nick is Amazing.

Nick is Inspirational.

Note: We have another page

with inspirational videos from Nick

If you would like to visit that page, click  ---- HERE

          Eric Liddell inspired people.

Here is a man who knew Eric Liddell.

       Below is a page of pictures of Eric and his family.

At the bottom of the page are links to movies about his life.

*  *  *

   God has plans for Your Victory!


Motivation to KEEP Going

There will be cheering for you

at the end of the race.

I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV

Well done, good and faithful servant.

Matthew 25:21 NKJV

The Finish Line

               The actual footage of Eric Liddell

                          winning the gold medal.


Making it over the Finish Line.

No matter...

If you run so fast that you fly over the finish line


If you only hobble over the finish line,

you will still hear the cheering,


you can still feel the satisfaction of saying:

I have fought the good fight!

I have finished the race!

I have kept the faith!

Thursday Thoughts

Some of us will run energetically over the finish line, and some of us may just hobble over the finish line.

But either way, the finish line can be special, and we can realize that it directs us to our heavenly home.

Reflection on Father God:

Many of us did not have an earthly father who knew how to help us through the tough times in life.

Some who are reading this had fathers who literally abused them.

It is true that not all of us have had an earthly father to help us through life, but all of us have a heavenly Father who walks with us every step.

It is my hope

as you watch this inspirational video,

you will see your Heavenly Father lovingly helping you

in your times of need as you run the race.

Derek Redmond

I hope you realize that

Derek Redmond was

one of the most inspiring people on this page.

Not all of us

are going to be champions

in the eyes of the world,

but we can


be champions in our Heavenly Father's eyes.

The Life of Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell was not just a great athlete,

but he was an amazing Christian.

He was born into a missionary family, and as an adult,
he chose to be a missionary.

His story is inspiring.

Note we have three entries left on this page.

  • We have a Bible devotion about a fictional runner
  • a final Video
  • a Prayer

Thought Provoking

I wrote the following story to be thought-provoking.

I hope the Lord shares personalized insights with you as you read it.

NOTE: I chose the name "Eric"

without thinking about Eric Liddell.

I wrote this story many years ago.

So please realize

that the "Eric" in the story is not Eric Liddell.

Running the Race

As Eric leaped across the finish line, he yelled, "I win! I did it!"

Eric slowed his pace as he trotted over to God's throne. He was still breathing hard as he panted, "I win first prize!"

God sadly shook his head. "You didn't win first prize."

"Yes, I did. I finished first."

"The one with the best attitude is the one who wins first prize. I told you that several times, but you never listened to me. I did notice that you made several critical comments about the attitudes of the other runners."

Eric leaned over and put the palms of his hands on his knees. He let his head drop down. Seconds passed. The disappointed runner seemed to be frozen in that position. Suddenly, Eric jerked his head up. Then he snapped his body to a straight standing position. His eyes eagerly met the eyes of the Lord. With hope in his voice, he cautiously said, "I guess there is no way you'd change the rules for me?"

"No," came the firm response.

Eric took in a deep breath and blew it out.

Eric's shoulders slumped, and he shook his head.

Then he mumbled, "Oh....Gee....Gee I wish I had listened to you, God."

Copyright © 2001 Beth McLendon of Inspirational

God tells us what a good attitude looks like:

Love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control

For a list of Bible Devotional Topics click: Here

Here is one last video that I found that I wanted to share.

I hope something in it will be a blessing to you.

And thank you for visiting this page.

It is my prayer that something on this page was life-changing or at least life-helping.

I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV



I dedicate myself to you.

I will keep you first in my life.

I will seek to obey you.

I will get up when I fall down.

I will keep the faith.


Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational

Originally given as one of our "Daily Inspirational" pages beginning on June 30, 2014.

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