Running Our Race
by Caroline Czerkawski
“let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us….
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2
During the past few weeks, my family has been mesmerized by the London Olympics. We’ve enjoyed every moment of it…….the various events, the athletes’ stories, the post-event interviews and the extra coverage on the Today Show.
Like the rest of the nation, we were captivated by the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team as they competed. It was hard to imagine how the gymnnasts could propel themselves through the air, flipping and turning. We were humbled by Claressa Shields’ story. She is the 17 year old boxer from Flint, Mich. who won the gold medal in women’s boxing despite very difficult circumstances.
Every athlete, when interviewed, said something similar, “All our hard work and perseverance paid off.” Ryan Lochte, who won numerous medals in swimming, said on the Today Show that he had been in the pool every day for four years.
Although none of us are Olympic athletes, in Hebrews 12:1 God calls us to run the individual “races” that He has planned for us…….and not just run them, but run them with perseverance. The Christian life, our “race,” is to be pursued and trained for, just as an Olympic athlete pursues and trains for a medal. And when the going gets tough, we shouldn’t quit; we are to look to Jesus as our model.
We are blessed to have such a wonderful support system here at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church. When you feel like giving up your “race,” there is always someone to give you love and encouragement to keep going.
We must remember that the Christian life is one of endurance; this race is a 26.2 mile marathon not the 100 meter sprint!