Track is open!
We have looked forward to this track season.
Bell has been training and running since last season.
It’s such a pleasure to see her find so much joy in the sport.
And there are so many applications for life within running a race.
I had been ignorant of the training which serious runners go through before our daughters began track.
There are so many hours of grueling training where the athlete disciplines their body.
Then when the actual race comes there is still more to it than simply “run”.
It all depends on the type of race.
Reflections of scripture bring track to an even higher importance.
“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. ”
1 Cor. 9:25-27 NKJV
My daily walk with Jesus is a race.
I have to live according to His Word.
I’m striving to live daily
as a child of God
with Jesus as my example,
And I must hold to the standards Jesus set.
Those standards are my guide.
And as any track participant in our area will tell you,
you run no matter what.
I’ve watched athletes compete in sun, rain, hail, and snow.
I’ve seen them fall on the track and obviously be hurt.
Many times they get up and keep running.
I’ve seen them push for the finish line with so much zeal they collapse once they are across.
And I’m always encouraged.
I never like watching people suffer.
Yet the cost for them is worth it.
No matter how grueling the training,
despite the current situation,
no matter the cost,
I run the race to win.
I’m running toward a finish line each and every day.
It’s the reward I want.
The greatest reward:
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”
And nothing is better than those words spoken by my Savior.
He’s the reason I run.