If 2020 has been a leg of the race of our life, it has been a trying stretch! It has impacted us in many ways. It has had good times, and hard times. Our mental health may have taken a toll this year, and our spiritual lives may have grown discouraged in the hard times of this season. The analogy of running can be helpful as we examine both the year that was and look ahead to 2021. What does it mean to run the race of faith in this life?


READY. SET. 2021

Message by Christina Main – December 27, 2020

Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.


  1. Just as every long race has pacers who help other runners complete their run at a sustainable pace, we too benefit by having others who can help us keep pace in the race of life.
  2. Just as long distance runners need healthy food and training habits as fuel for their race, we too need to care for our bodies and minds.
  3. Just as good music lifts up and inspires runners along the way, so too faith lifts and moves us.


Christina Main is the Director of Student Ministries at Westheights Community Church. Avocationally, she is a psychotherapist with a focus on kids and teens. She likes bird-watching and gets excited when she spots redtail hawks, bald eagles and the great blue heron which she says definitely puts her in the bird-watching nerd category. Christina is passionate about people and engaging people through their stories.