Every Christian faces numerous discouragements in striving to follow Christ. Our knees go weak and our hands hang down when we face personal failure, when others let us down, or when providence denies our desires. Disappointment can lead to discouragement, and discouragement may end in doubt, fear, and even despair. We feel weak and tire, emotionally and spiritually, and we are tempted to throw in the towel. But we must press on, firm in the confidence that we run alongside other believers, that we run a well-trodden course, and that we run with God's inexhaustible assistance and support. May God use this book to strengthen you and keep you running in the race until you reach the goal, obtain the prize, and receive your crown from the hand of Christ in glory!