It was just one month ago when the upper elementary students were going to P.E., dreading the event that was about to take place. As the coach played the recording, a beep occurred and the kids ran from one side of the gym to the other. The goal was to pace themselves and reach the finish line before the next beep went off. Each level, the beeps became more frequent and once a child missed two beeps, he was out. The beeping got more rapid, and the children began to drop out one by one until the last runner was left and the coach went and ran with the young boy as long as he could last.

This is called the pacer test. Do you ever feel like you are running a pacer test? Does life feel like everything is going “A-Ok” and then you start getting a little tired, finally to the point of exhaustion? You realize that were on a speed that you were not able to handle. 

There are many analogies in the Scriptures about running the race of faith and pacing ourselves on the journey. One of my favorites is Hebrews 12:1-3 which says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”