The Loudmouth Protestant

August 21, 2008

Running the 205M Race

Filed under: christianity,God,life — nickisym @ 1:03 am
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Olympics

Olympics

What? There is no 205M race you say? Well there is in the mind of a true runner. 

You see, one who runs a race runs not only to win but they run it to come out strong in the end. “Coming out strong” means that they run as if the race were much longer than it actually is, hence what you see when anyone at a track & field meet continues to run beyond the finish line.

Tonight, Usain “Lightning” Bolt was such a runner. 

When he ran the 100M race last Saturday, he didn’t finish strong. Instead he let foolish pride stop him from running the best race he could. While this didn’t take away from his win, it took away from him winning the race with a better record-breaking time. The time it took him to be fully impressed with his accomplishments before the race was done took away from a strong finish. To that end, there was nigh a reporter that let it go. Most of them agreed that had he not spent his time beating his chest before he hit the finish line, he might have had an even better time.

But tonight, Bolt, finished the race strong. I watched him closely tonight because I wanted to see how he won this race–I knew he would win because I have faith in God and the beautiful country of Jamaica. As soon as he took off, he ran strong, he accelerated and never let up, despite what looked like a painful stretch to the finish. When he was far ahead of his competitors he didn’t even bother to relent, instead he pushed himself even harder, ran past the finished line, and continued a couple of feet out leaving his competitors far behind.

He ran a 205M race and he ran it amazing grace. This is the kind of race that I want to run and it reminds me so much of what Paul said in Hebrews 12:1b, “And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” God requires us to finish this race strong so that in the end he can say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” So this is a challenge–self-imposed and publicly encouraged–what will you do to run the race with endurance today? To not get so proud of your accomplishments that you stop trying to make it to the finish line in good time. To not focus on the end as much as the process. What will you do today, that signifies you are going to run your race stronger than the day before?

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2 Comments »

  1. Great post! Thanks much. There have been so many little parables like this in these Olympics, haven’t there? (I think of the female hurdler who was about to take the gold until she tripped on one of the last hurdles, or the disappointed wrestler who threw down his bronze medal in anger and wound up being stripped of his award.) Perhaps that’s one of the best things about the Olympics — they give us two straight weeks of drama-packed life lessons.

    Comment by Edward Gilbreath — August 21, 2008 @ 11:50 am | Reply

  2. Hmm, interesting comment from Mr. Gilbreath…which helps me expand my initial comment. It is funny how things happen in “3’s” and thanx to the previous comment, I now have 3 points! LOL. As an ex-runner (yet still a competitor at heart), there are many correlations as to your mental preparation, mental endurance, and mental finish and our spirtual counterparts to each one. In layman terms, each represent the 3 major stages–the beginning, the race, and the finish. It is amazing how God speaks about life as a race and gives us guidance as to how we must start, run and finish.
    1. Start of race: the beginning of a sprint is a mental competition with the self; one must see the emd from the beginning…yet focus on the now and be content! How Biblical! We are called to be changed by the renewing and transforing of our mind BEFORE we do anything! We are also told to glad in all things and reminded throughout the Bible that He who has begun a good thing will complete it. As a runner with God, you must trust that you will complete IT!

    2. That gets to the race: When you see the faces of track runners, it is amazing–they vary. The trick about sprinting is that you have to use your maximum strength with minimum struggle. In other words–you got to relax! In Matthew, God asks (paraphrase) “What does a man gain by worry?” It is amazing how the spiritual can be illustrated in the natural. I am no psychic, but I would assess that the young American who was pre-determined to win (wow…I could stay on that but I won’t) but tripped on the hurdle was plagued by a thought that crippled her mind and IMMEDIATELY resulted in not only a set-back, but a fall! When has our mind been overcome with worry that we actually suffer as a result? And do we even REALIZE that where we are now, could be a FALL!

    3. The finish. Sigh. Bolt disappointed me–he dosappointed me because what stopped him from becoming a great athlete with humility, he traded with being a “good” athlete with pride. Pride comes before the fall. And he may never get this opportunity again. I was reminded last night that when Paul was done, he said to believers that he offers his life as a drink offering…translation–he gave all he got! He was spent, and he knew that as his life was ending, no one could ever say “Paul held back” or no one was going to be at his funeral saying “Paul could have been a great man.”

    We don’t have that time. What the deaths of many greats, Mac, Hayes, Tubbs, and others–tells me, is that what they are known for is not their sudden death–but the lives they lived.

    Whatever our race is–we must see the end, trust it will be won, and not just win it, but exhaust all our energy, in the moment!

    Thank you sis for allowing me to use this therapy on myself:)

    Comment by missify — August 22, 2008 @ 10:35 am | Reply


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