Run the race

Run Your Race, Not Someone Else’s

Kim Coaching & Consulting, Faith, Life 11 Comments

We all want to get ahead in this world; we want to be popular with friends, we want to succeed in work or school. We want to be the best parent, the best friend, the best spouse we can be.

This can lead to competition with the ones we love and respect; maybe even with those we dislike a bit. It can make some of us look in the mirror and feel inadequate and insecure at what we have achieved compared with our family, or maybe our friends and neighbors.

We start to play the comparison game. We feel like we have far exceeded in some categories; but in others our friends are miles ahead of us in the game of life. 

In fact, if we are honest with ourselves – we didn’t even hear the starting pistol go off in some areas.

Run the race

Friends, your life is not a race.

You are not here to win or lose. You are here to make a difference in the world. 
  • Your life should not look like the friend you graduated high school with who is now the CEO of a major corporation. 
  • You don’t have to be married with 2.5 children just because all your friends are. You also don’t have to live with your significant other because it’s what all the people are doing now. Use your own moral compass.
  • Just because you don’t have a degree from THAT university, or from any university, it doesn’t mean you don’t have a worthy calling in this life. It is never too late to set your mind toward a goal and go after what you want in this life. Hard work and perseverance will always payoff, maybe not in the way you expect, but sometimes it can be so much better.
  • You don’t have to look a certain way or wear a specific size to be accepted by that group of people you have known most of your life. If you are being asked to do this, run in the other direction. FAST.
  • Don’t lie, cheat, steal or misrepresent yourself because you think it will help you get ahead and because you think you will never get caught. Live a life of honesty, character and integrity.

You were put on this earth for a specific purpose. You are here to run your race, no one else’s. Don’t get worried about how long it’s taking you to follow your dream and start looking at someone else’s life. Of course it’s going to look different from yours. Just stay in your lane.

Run Your Race

Whether you are working on a marriage, on your degree, on a better job, etc., be honest, do your work with integrity, put all you have into it and pray. With most things, you get the same out of something that you put into it.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

Keep your eyes on your own lane. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. That’s when you get into trouble. Just finish the race God intended for you. 

I’m linking up here today.

Keep the Faith,
Kim Adams Morgan

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  1. Jennifer

    This brought to mind one of my favorite quotes: “Comparison is the thief of joy” (Theodore Roosevelt). Truly, God has each of us here for a season and for a reason – seasons and reasons that may not look anything like the ones of those around us. Thank you for linking up with Grace & Truth!
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      Hi Jennifer, I do agree that we are all here for a reason or a season, and we had better be ready when He calls us for our purpose. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Trisha

    It’s true, so many times we look at other people’s lives and what God is doing in them and we forget that God is doing something in us too. We definitely have to run our own race and endure it. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Hi Trisha, Thank you for visiting here. Yes, we do forget the bigger picture. It is hard for us to see it in ourselves.

  3. Bill (cycelguy)

    I’m better off when I am running my own race and allowing others to run their own. I know my limitations and they don’t. I know my strength and endurance. They don’t. The same goes for the other way around. I do better when i watch my own finish line.
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      Hi Bill, Very well said. Other than maybe my husband, I know my strength and endurance better than anyone else. I have no idea what others are capable of or what God has planned for their lives. Thanks for stopping in.

  4. Marquitta

    Hey Kim! Thanks so much for sharing. I seriously struggle with staying in my own lane, so this was encouraging. It’s really hard to stay focused on your purpose when the world is constantly bombarding you with it’s own idea of success, but it’s definitely encouraging to remember that God has a lane specially designed for each individual person, and they all look different. :)
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  5. Ceil

    Hi Kim! I was just reviewing what some of my Core Values were, and knowing that I was created to make a difference in the world was definitely one of them. And it’s not boastful to say that. I think some people would view it that way. We really are here to serve each other, and to make our world a better place.
    I like the encouragement about running my own race. I do tend to get a little discouraged at my progress. But you know, it’s only because I think it should be faster, higher and all that stuff because of what I see others doing. You are so right to say that we do what we can. Period. Not worrying about any other person’s race. They are running their own!
    Happy Valentine’s Day my friend!
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