Run the Race of Life with All Your Heart

Go Girl Go by Holley Gerth

I stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowd. Our eyes are all fixed on the same spot…the finish line for a half-marathon. We each watch for the ones we love. As runners come in, cheers erupt from different sections around me. Family. Friends. We’re here to offer support.

Every once in awhile, someone will round the final corner and pick up the pace. The announcer yells, “We have a sprinter!” And in those moments, the entire group of us cheer as one. Because we know what a difficult thing this is…to finish strong. 

As I watch this unfold, I think about heaven. And I imagine what it might be like when we enter there. None of us really know. But however it may turn out, I hope I arrive as a sprinter.

Can you just imagine for a moment what that would be like? You stay strong. You never give up the fight. You serve well until the day you’re done. And you cross that finish line with Jesus announcing, “We have a sprinter!” And the angels and the ones we love and the great cloud of witnesses explode with applause.

Yes, let’s run our race that way, friends. We all can do so not in our own power but because of the One who lives within us. If you’re feeling weary today, it’s okay. Your only job is not to quit. You’re stronger than you know right now. You can do this because of Jesus.

Go, girl, go.

“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, 2 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.” {Hebrews 12:1-2}

It won’t be long for any of us before we round that final bend and cross the finish line. And then we’ll celebrate forever the One who was with us and for us every step of the way. 


Holley Gerth


  1. Pritika Rao says

    Hi Holley,

    Thank you very much for this beautiful post. Your words never fail to soothe the aching places in my heart with comforting grace. As I read your words that described Jesus’ reaction to my crossing the finish line, my heart beat faster and surer. THAT is what we all must live for. Because He’s waiting and I’m one of His own. I feel so humbled and loved and thank you for reminding me of the Joy it is to be a child of Jesus.

    God bless you always!

  2. says

    Can I just get real personal here Holley? The last two mornings I have woken up very sad. I have had lots going on but I wonder if it is because I didn’t conceive again this month. After this being a battle for the past year and a half I can’t help it bringing me down from time to time. It’s just sad. And this morning when I woke up and felt the sadness, God was quick to say: “Get through it, get through today. Work to get through today.” It was wonderful to hear because there may not be an answer to my heart’s desire, and yet I can go one. God has lots for me to go on for. This morning He showed me I don’t have to give up or be down but I could choose to get through it. Your post is wonderful to read this day. Thank you so much!

    • says

      Girl, I can so relate. We went through over seven years of infertility. And we still don’t have kiddos but God has made me a Mama in other ways. I’m praying for you today, friend!

      • says

        WOW Holly I had no clue. I just went through your -about me- page and read your story. And THAT is where I want to be. A place of peace with it. My husband is great at grieving and yet knowing he doesn’t want to have something God is not giving us. We’re in the middle of our process. Going back and forth between adopting, fostering, seeing doctors. I think we’re a bit similar to where you are. I think it is AMAZING that God could bring you to a place of peace. God bless you in that. God bless you very much from now to your very old days, always confirming His plan in your heart.

  3. karyn says

    O it’s a hard and tough and heart wrenching race as it’s all Spirit. Not of this world. Nothing in this world compares to what is Spirit. It’s purifying and sanctifying and glorious. It feels like long suffering. Like our Father. HIS nature. We learn it.
    Thank you for this encouraging devotional and well, I think I’ll cry when I see JESUS’ Face to face as it’s been a tough ride. Spirit one. Not a worldly one. Like is great for me in this world. But what a journey back to home sweet home. Stops and diversions. Years pass and then decades.

  4. says

    Oh Holley, just this week I shared this Hebrews 12 verse with a Turkish sister who is struggling not to stray away from Jesus. And she is a half marathon runner! I’m going to share this metaphor with her for sure. This encourages me too today to be a sprinter at the finish line. For today, I just need to keep going.

  5. says

    Holley, I love this. I started running not quite a year ago (I’m 57 …what made me think I could do that…lol). Anyway, I have discovered that I love it. I run alot without music because, as a nature lover, I find it the best time to pray…and often pray through a 5 miler. When I do listen to music, it’s worship music…my favorite power song is Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns because my entire life has been about “I’m not good enough, and you never will.” The run is long and hard and sometimes discouraging, but I can tell you that when I get to that last 1/4 mile, I’m a sprinter, and when I’m done, I usually do a little Rocky dance in my head, and should up to God, “God, I could not do this without you. “

  6. says

    Holley, your image of the finish line in Heaven gave me a welcome lump in my throat and grin from ear to ear. Thank you Jesus for this week of spirit-filled, encouraging writers!

  7. Tiffany says

    Hey Holley…
    I received your book, You’re Going to Be Okay as a gift.
    I gotta tell ya, this is a good read.
    I’m like…how did she know I felt like this???
    May God continue to use u to reach the masses.
    Be blessed…



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