Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Amazing Race

There are a few television shows that Misty and I make sure we don't miss or make sure they are recorded on the DVR. Shows like 24, Survivor, Shark Tank, and a few more. One of those shows is The Amazing Race. Misty and I haven't missed an episode in years and enjoy watching it. The premise is that teams race around the world for one million dollars. Teams are eliminated when they come in last. Misty and I, at different times in the past, have seriously considered sending in an application for the show but work and family responsibilities bring us back to reality. When we watch the show we actually discuss which of us would perform a certain task or challenge. The show is an interesting one in the fact that many of them have limited experience in other countries. The race is long and grueling. We really enjoy the show and it is interesting how it parallels life.

In life we run this race for maybe 70 years or so. But that race is not a gentle stroll through the park with a smooth path. It has mountains the size of Everest to climb. There are places in life that seem as lifeless and dead as Death Valley. The path we follow in life may be more difficult than the person to our right but less difficult than the person to our left. We still have to endure and finish the race. The only way to run the race successfully is with faith. Without faith in God we are like a marathon runner just going through the motions. With faith in God and the relationship that we can develop with Him, we are able to run this race with purpose and focus. We are able to cross the finish line when He calls us home and say the same thing the Apostle Paul did in 2 Timothy 4:7. He said "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (NIV). Today you maybe struggling to keep your feet moving in the race. If so I encourage you to endure. The prize at the end is worth the effort. If you are coasting through this part of your race, reach out today and encourage someone you see that is struggling. It could make all the difference in how you both run the race.

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