But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
A golden rule to finishing your race, not abandoning your walk with Christ, and never turning from the ways of the Lord, you must learn not to allow things to move you. To many believers are moved away from church, the Bible, a godly confession, Christian fellowship, godly leadership, and fellowship with God because of things that happen in their life. Notice in this verse how we avoid allowing such things to affect us. We are not to count our lives dear to ourselves. Translation, stop living for you.
As a believer in Christ we were bought at a price and we belong to God, therefore we should live for Him. When you live for God you can’t get your feelings hurt, nor do you allow what happens around you to take control of how you live, for you are following after Christ. This is how you live a joy filled life, for you stop focusing on the things of the world which do not bring true joy but only fleeting happiness.
But the joy of the Lord is a powerful and constant strength to your life. When you live for God and He is why you get up everyday, life takes on a whole new view, a life filled with the goodness and the glory of our God. Keep your focus on the Creator and not on the creation and you will no longer be tossed around by the challenges of life, but instead overcome them because you cannot be moved.