Sunday, February 15, 2009
Winning the Race
I do believe that life is a journey, not a race. But, I also believe that there are many races within that journey. Most of you know I am a NASCAR fan. Today was their 'super bowl' of NASCAR--The Daytona 500. In racing, they have the really big race at the beginning of the season, and end with the Championship race in November. Today, they called the race early due to rain. So, the winner was the one in first place at the call. He was not the favorite to win, in fact, he had to start at the back due to changes made to the car after practice yesterday! He took his time, making his way to the front without too many problems. His crew chief had good pit strategy, and the driver & crew followed his instructions.
The driver that won today was actually win less last year. He came close a few times, but was never able to cross the finish line first. However, he is not new to the sport and knows that you just have to keep trying. The race is not over, until it is over. That is so true in life as well! No matter how many times we fall, or "fail to finish a race", we have to keep trying! There are so many things thrown in our paths that try to stop us--health issues, family problems, money troubles, etc. These can certainly slow us down, but if you choose to get back up and keep trying, you will win that race!
I know it sounds kind of silly, but I constantly try to look at the things in my life that have slowed me down, so to speak. I learn what I can from them, and I choose to move beyond them. It may take years to do it, but since life really is a journey, that doesn't really matter. Plus, it is always God's timing anyway! I have discovered that His timing is perfect in every way, even when we do not understand it.
So, one race is over and another begins just as quickly. True in racing, and in life.
Thought for today: "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1