Did you play sports when you were young? Were you one of the first to get picked by a team or were you picked last? Or did you care?
I love sports and when I was young I played almost everything. I can’t say that I was really good, but I can say that I was never picked last. I guess you could say I’m competitive, but not with others. I’m really most concerned with my performance. I don’t necessarily want to be the best, but I don’t want to be the one at the bottom either. I wonder why it bothers me so much if I’m last? I’m basically in competition with myself.
Last week I participated in a 10k. I had participated in this race before and I knew what to expect. There were thousands of participants in this race and half way thru I noticed that almost everyone that was walking, was walking really fast. It was as if nobody wanted to be last. I thought it was funny because the people I was around were clearly not going to win any prizes, so why were they walking so fast. Like me, they were probably trying to beat a certain time. There’s that competing with yourself thing again.
The day after the 10k I was thinking about the race and I was a little disappointed in myself. I didn’t really prepare at all for the race and felt I could have done better. I was being hard on myself and it wasn’t enough that I had completed the race in one piece, I needed more. Then this little voice inside me said, instead of trying to get a better time in a race, why don’t you do everything you can to continue walking, running, or moving for many more years. Why don’t you keep showing up?
Hebrews 12:1 says, “So, we too should run the race that is before us and never quit.”
We’re all in a race called life. This race is filled with obstacle courses that slow us down and try to keep us from going on. We must remember though, if we’re following Jesus we all win. All we have to do is show up and stay in the race.
No matter what obstacle you’ve run into, don’t stop. Keep running your race. Put Jesus in front of you and he’ll get you around it, over it, or thru it. He’ll get you to your prize. All you have to do is keep running and showing up.