Ok last week I wrote about a great athlete. This week I want to write about a not so great athlete. This athlete has never won a great athletic award. He has never been the first place winner in any athletic event. He has pictures of all races. Actually he has won two awards they were both second place for his age division. He is usually very quiet about how many actually ran in his age division but I think it may have only been two.
The reason I am writing about this athlete after writing about Peyton Manning is because there is only one Peyton but there are many athletes that are like the one I am writing about. Ok, I confess I am writing about me.
Many of us train, work, enter, and the most amazing thing, we complete what we start. I am good with that. I have completed every 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and marathon that I have entered. I have kept every completion metal and certificate. I am an athlete. I get to run (albeit far behind) with many great runners. I make every stride they make and see every inch of the course they see.
What I enjoy more than knowing I am running with a few great runners is knowing that I am running with many many more folks who are just like me – running to complete the event. We set personal goals and sometimes break them and sometimes break our hearts when we don’t. It never bothers me that I am not the overall winner because I take great pride in running with all those athletes who train, work, enter, complete, and do not quit.
As a matter of fact running seems to be a lot like the Christian life, we enter, work, train, run, and remain faithful to the end. I am not sure if the Apostle Paul was an athlete or not but I do like it that he wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only me, but to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4: 7,8) I like running with the group that runs for completion. That is who we are.
Always praying for you,
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