2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV)
When I was in high school I participated in some running sports. One thing I was a part of was what was called track and field. This consisted of different types of running events and things like pole vaulting and the long jump. My area was running the one and two mile races, I was a better distance runner than sprinter, and I was definitely not a pole vaulter or long jumper. Once, when we were missing some people at an event, my coach had me run the 400 meter dash. That was not my usual event and the results showed it as I finished behind most of the other runners. While I was good with running longer distances I was not very good at the sprinting events.
In Hebrews 12, the Bible compares the Christian life to a race and Paul also used that example in 2 Timothy 4:7. As Paul neared the end of his life, he talked about having finished the race. Paul was confident that as his time on earth was coming to an end that he had done the will of God for his own life and run the race God had given him. This is similar to what it says about David in Acts 13:36, that David served his generation by the will of God, in other words, David ran his race for God. Jesus Himself said in John 17:4 that He had finished the work God had given Him to do.
Just like Paul, David, and even Jesus, God has a plan for our life; God has a race for us to run. You can't run my race and I can't run your race, each of us must run their own race according to the will of God. We must first find out what the will of God is for our life and then fulfill it. Through the Word of God and by the Holy Spirit, God will help us to discover the race He has for us and He will help us run that race. We can't just choose our own race, we live, or run, in response to His will. Discover your race and find the will of God for your life so that all of us can say we have run our race, served our generation, and done the will of God.