It’s been about a week and a half now since the benefit race.
Never having run in anything like it before, it was totally a new experience for me.
At least, the parts about being electronically tracked and timed by a sticker on my chest, having people along the route hand me water and seeing my age on race day posted on a flat screen tv set up at the site.
That was all new.
What wasn’t new, was that I had already walked/jogged about 386 tracked miles in the last three years.
That was important.
In several respects, I was ready.
An achievable goal in front of me.
To add to the significance of the day, four other family members took part in the race.
Two of them won medals.
I did not.
That’s okay with me, because we all happily ended up past the finish line.
Hebrews 12:1-2 reads:
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.
We each have a race marked out for us.
It’s not about medals.
It’s not about coming in first.
It’s not even about being electronically tracked or having someone give you water along the way.
It’s about setting out to do what God has for you to do.
It’s about keeping on keeping on.
Focus on God.
Remembering that Jesus died on the cross so we could be in the race and finish in Heaven with Him someday.
Are you ready?
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