Since the end of school, I’ve been thinking of this verse, and I thought kids could use some encouragement to finish the race strong. When you come near the finish line, a good runner will push his body harder rather than ease up and coast across the line. The same should be true in life including nearing the end of a school year.
So, I think studying races and sports analogies in the Bible was very fitting and encouraging. A great place to start is Hebrews 12:1-2:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
These are some of the thoughts I had on this verse: