Hope is a Race {Infertility Link Up}


I recently came across this quote and it reminded me of Philippians 2:16:  “Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless” (NLT).

Paul, the author of Philippians, was referring to himself in this verse.  But I think it’s completely applicable to those of us who have run the infertility race.  It really is a race, isn’t it?  For some, it may be a sprint.  For others, a marathon.

Running is hard.  It involves sweat and muscle aches.  It’s so much easier to take a nice, leisurely stroll instead.  But people run because they know it’s good for them.

If we look closely at this verse, we see that running the race Paul talks about is good not just for us.  We run for the benefit of others.  In this verse in particular, Paul views the difficulties of his race as an aid to the Philippians’ faith.  He was ready to run a tough, dangerous race if it means that it benefitted others.

Can you see the parallel here in our own lives?  Running the race of hope not only benefits our souls in that we maintain our own hope, but it benefits others by strengthening their hope.  I think this is a universal truth- no matter what your religious beliefs may be.  Our strength strengthens others.  Our hope gives hope to others.

So if your hope tank is full today, think about how you can spread it around.  If your hope tank is low, find other people (or other blogs) who do have hope and drink in some of the hope they have.  If their hope seems cliche or fake, move on until you find someone with whom you can resonate.  My prayer is that you’ll find some hope here in my blog, but if not, that’s okay, too.  Perhaps you can find a kindred spirit by reading some of the stories of the men and women I’ve interviewed and checking out their blogs.  Don’t stop until you have your hope back.

Now Onto the Link Up… Here’s How It Works

  1. Simply leave your link in the comments below.  Feel free to tell us a little about it, too.
  2. At the bottom of your post, please link back to my blog so others can find the link-up. You can use the button below, if you wish. A text link is fine, too.
  3. Please visit at least one of the other links and leave a comment there. This is so important because the goal of a link-up is to generate community!
  • Maggie @ Mrs Doctor Dear

    Thanks for this post. My hope tank is running pretty low today, but that’s a great quote.

    My link-up post is at: http://mrsdoctordear.blogspot.ca/2015/05/infertility-chat-are-infertile-people.html

    • Maggie, I’m so sorry your hope tank is running low. I pray that you find some encouragement and hope soon. Hugs.

  • Monica Hilliard-Gilbreth

    “We run for the benefit of others.” I love this. It takes the “me” focus away. Very thought provoking. Thank you!!
    Here is a link to one of my recent posts on Bright Side Babs:

    • I think it’s so helpful to be intentional about taking the focus off ourselves sometimes. You’re doing just that with your blog! Thanks for linking up.

  • Jessica Hiltz

    Thanks, Lisa! You are such a blessing!

  • Amber @AmberUnderConstruction

    Thank you for sharing this amazing blog post. It came at just the perfect time today and I even included a link here on a post I wrote that was inspired by your blog today. XOXO

    • Hi Amber, I’m so glad the post encouraged you. I’d love to read your link, but I don’t see it here. Feel free to come back and try to leave it again!

  • Thankful that hope in Him doesn’t disappoint!!

  • Jessica Martin

    Hope can sometimes feel like the enemy. Because it’s so hard when things don’t work out even though you hoped and prayed for a positive outcome. But I think we can still be hopeful and optimistic, while at the same time being prepared for whatever life throws our way.

    Here’s my post for the linkup, I’m still in recovery and am just trying to take one day at a time.

    • Approved

    • You’re right, Jessica. Hope can SO feel like the enemy sometimes. It’s so hard. But I think the race analogy can extend even to that. A long race gets painful sometimes, but it’s only by embracing the pain and getting through it that we finish the race. Be kind to yourself– you’ve been through a lot. And thanks for linking up your post, too.

  • kathryn b

    Thanks for sharing this, I have been feeling really low today with everything in life that is going on and this (besides my husband) helped give me hope that eventually everything will work out. 🙂

  • I’ve always loved that verse, but I’m not sure I fully grasped all the fruit in it. Thanks for this.

    I’m not barren + an infertility update. http://bit.ly/1FzMTNB

  • bethwillismiller

    Great post…”hope gives hope to others”…so true…many blessings to you ❤️

  • Great post and points made here hunny. And you are running your race strong, bravely and amazingly. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme