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Hauser: Whose race are you running?

As you were growing up, were you compared to someone else or did you feel like you were expected to be like someone else? At some point in the first 30 years of your life, did you look up to someone that you wanted to be like? When you were in mi...

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As you were growing up, were you compared to someone else or did you feel like you were expected to be like someone else? At some point in the first 30 years of your life, did you look up to someone that you wanted to be like? When you were in middle or high school did you like something (music, clothing, an activity) because someone else did?

If you answered "yes" to one of these questions there is nothing wrong with you. These scenarios are very natural and part of relational dynamics. Depending on the details, this may have been a positive part of your journey. However, there is a trap I want to make you aware of that affects many people far too long. It is a trap that ultimately takes God's grace and truth to free us from. Here is the trap: we try to run someone else's race instead of running our own race.

Oh boy, this breaks my heart. Thousands of people are convinced they have to run someone else's race. They are running the race their father wants them to run. They are running to keep up with their older sister. They are running to please their grandfather, their spouse or keep their kids happy.

Thousands of people are discouraged, frustrated, going through the motions, or physically ill because they are trying to run someone else's race. Their soul is unsettled because they are working so hard to run a race that is unfulfilling and they aren't seeing the results they want. Our world is a tough place when you believe you will never find your niche. And you want to bust loose and find something that you are gifted for, but all you see is obstacles. I have seen this in co-workers, fellow church members, friends who are pastors, family members, and it is hard to see and hurts me deeply. I was once there.

I have incredibly great news for you today! You do not have to run someone else's race. You are not a widget on an assembly line. You aren't permanently broken without hope of getting better. You are uniquely created by a God with infinite possibilities for his creation. You are created and called by God to run a race specifically set out for you. This world needs the very best version of you. As I started discovering this and truly embraced this reality in my late 20s, my life changed, my mindset brightened, and my confidence soared. During a period of intense struggle I sensed God's specific words for me were "Jon, you don't need to be like anyone else. Be the best you and I will use you to impact this world in a significant way."

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Hebrews 12:1 Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Pursue God's life print for you as you discover his thumbprints on you.

Go to www.prairieheights.com/resources/my-life-print to learn more. My wife, Teri, and I would love to help you. Please don't live another day trying to run someone else's race.

God bless you. See you next Sunday!

Hauser is founding and senior pastor, Prairie Heights of Fargo Moorhead. Email jon@prairieheights.com

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