I love these before and after pics. So typical of life experiences. Nearly 7-year-old Callan ran his first ever 5K race in early March. The left picture shows a happy, excited kid about to embark on a race with his mom.
The right side picture shows him “exhausted” (with a smile on his face). Tired from running but filled with joy at his great accomplishment.
And though no medals were awarded that day, a big shout out to Amazon. You can order anything from there, including a very nice all metal 5K race medal. Something that made Callan very happy.
Our lives often feel like endless uphill races. We’re on a never-ending path that always seems to encounter hills and potholes. We’re just looking for a little respite of a level or downhill roadway, an opportunity to catch our breath and enjoy just a bit of rest from all our efforts.
Callan’s Mona Lisa smile in Picture 2 reminds me that tired as we may be, finishing the race and claiming the prize is always worth it: the sense of accomplishment, the reward of not giving up, receiving the medal or the proclamation of “Well done, faithful servant.”
Perseverance will be rewarded.
Some reminders when life is hard and we’re weary of running the race:
- Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So, run that you may obtain it. (1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV)
- I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:14 NLT)
- 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. (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)
We each have our own race to run. And yes, some races are much more difficult than others. But may I leave you with encouragement today: you can do it! Know that God is with you; lean on your Christian brothers and sisters for added strength and support; if you tire…rest and start again.
Finishing the race.
And, at the end of our race, after collecting our prize, like Paul, we will be able to say “I have fought a good fight. I have finished the work I was to do. I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)