All truly great races require incredible organization and planning.  They do not just organize themselves.  So where does a great race start?  If life is the Ultimate Endurance Sport it must have the Ultimate Race Director, and it does, God himself!  Our race begins at birth, and we hope it will one day end in Heaven with God our Director and Creator.  But who is God?  What is he really like and why does he care how I finish this race?  There are answers!  God created not only the race, but he designed and created all of the participants as well, and he did so for a reason.  We all have unique designs, yet we share a common purpose.  We were created to enjoy a loving relationship with God, centered around him.  He wants us to enjoy friendship with him now, as well as in the life that comes once we cross the final finish line.

God is an amazing designer.  These bodies, as well as our hearts, minds, and souls were built by the best.  The Ultimate Training Manual (the Bible), tells us that “God created man in his own image. (Gen 1:27, NIV)”  And how he loves what he has made!  According to the Bible, “God is love, (1 Jn 4:8 NIV)” and in fact our ability to love comes from him!  Since he has made us, he is our ultimate authority.  What he says goes, which is a good thing, since after all, he only wants the best for us.  We belong to him, and so we are accountable to follow the instructions he gives to us.

Think of God like a Master Designer and Builder.  The design and patent are his, and he determines the design’s destiny.  As the Builder, he has ownership rights and is also the only one qualified to write the owner’s manual.   We can trust that his intentions are good since God is the very definition of what is good.  Our training manual contrasts good and evil with images of light and dark.  It says, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 Jn 1:5 NIV)”  That means we can rest assured that his instructions are sound.  We may think of these instructions as God’s rules for the road, a road map to the finish line.  So what are these rules of the road, and what is the course we are intended to run? CONTINUE

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