“… 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.” Hebrews 12:1
Help Me Run The Race
I just watched a video of track coach who trained a little girl with down syndrome. He took her to a race that was organized by the Special Olympics and recalls watching her run past all of the other kids. He was astounded. She continued to preserver and was running in first place and he could see she was going to win.
But… as soon as she got to the finish line, she stopped and didn’t cross it. He was yelling at her, “Make one more step and you’ll win, you’re almost there.” He was getting frustrated because she kept looking behind her. Then the girl who was in second place stopped before the finish line and took the hand of the student and they both waited, together, until the girl in third place stood next to them, taking their hand. They waited until everyone was finished running. With all of them holding hands, they took one giant step and crossed the finish line together. She looked at her coach and said, “We’re all winners, together.”
A Different Kind Of Race
It is imprinted in our minds that a race is a competition. If you have ever run a marathon, for instance, it is only human to desire to win first place. It would be an amazing accomplishment. However, the race we are running for God is so different, it is a race we run together to get to the same destination, for the same reward.
- I don’t want to be so preoccupied with my life that I keep running the race alone.
- When I see you fall I want to help you up.
- My desire is to cross the finish line with every one of you.
- You are on my team!
- We are winner’s together.
Prayer: Lord, I don’t want to get to heaven one day all by myself, I desire to run the race with people, hand in hand, for Your glory. Help me to be an encourager and to see when people need a helping hand. When I grow weary, I pray You will give me strength.