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