I left the starting gates sprinting, 

thinking that I was going to finish strong. 

Now I see that this is a marathon, 

and that only by the grace of God, 

and by the power of Christ who lives in me, 

am I assured that I will endure to the end. 
Not by evidences of past victories or defeats – 

but only by that true, saving faith 

that has put all trust in God 

and that has turned me away from my sin 

to fall deeply into the arms 

of a righteous, holy, and perfect God 

whose very presence would destroy me 

if it weren’t for the Blood of the Lamb.
Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil. – Psalms 5:5 NLT