On October 10, 2010, our son Drew, ran the Chicago Marathon. Though Drew has been running track, cross country and road races ever since he was in seventh grade, this was his first marathon. His dad and I were excited and worried at the same time of him taking on this endeavor. Jim and I were not able to be up there physically to see him run but we were there every mile of the way in spirit. We received a report on how he was doing mid-way through the race and then we got word when he had completed it. Drew was in pain but he had finished! He completed another goal on his ‘bucket list’ of things to do in life.
Each of us runs a race 24/7. This race is called life. Though we don’t physically see our heavenly father cheering us on, He is there always in spirit to cheer us on, pick us up when we fall and encouraging us as we run each mile on our journey. The most wonderful thing about running the race called life is that when we reach our finish line, He will be there to give us a high five and the angels will be there giving us a standing ovation. Incredieble to think about isn’t it?
The most beautiful way to demonstrate what I am trying to share today is through the video below. It is from the 1992 Olympics when Derek Redmond encountered a hamstring tear just before reaching the finish line. As you watch this video, remember that when you ask Jesus Christ into your heart, He is going to be there to cheer you on, and to help you up when you fall on the course of life. When you don’t think you can quite make it to the finish line, Jesus will be there assisting your every step to the finish line. Watch the video and you will see in the words of Paul Harvey, the rest of the story………….
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus had given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24 NIV
PS Did you notice on Derek’s dad’s hat that it had the Nike slogan ‘Just Do it’? Why don’t you ‘Just Do It’ and ask Christ into your heart if you haven’t already.