Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. – 1 Corinthians 9:24
I was inspired to write this post because I recently completed my first “official” marathon-type race since I previously ran track in high school and aside from the occasional run I do at the gym for cardio.
The race was far from pretty, but it was fun. It was 4 miles, raining and chilly outside and we were soaked. Of course I, like many others tried to be prepared and buy a poncho, but about 1/3 into the race that bad boy had to come off! The race was supposed to be somewhat of a team building exercise for my staff as a whole, but of course everyone had their own pace and we were all split up. Some walked, some jogged, and many ran at a little faster pace.
The two young women I jogged/fast walked with were as nervous as I was, so our encouraging words as we wiped the dripping water from our faces and eyes seemed to help all of us keep going until we were crossing the finish line.
The cherry on top was that as we sped up to jolt across the finish line, they called out my name and organization. I didn’t need any recognition, but out of 5,000 + participants, it made me feel special that I was one of the names called as we all accomplished something so great and challenging together.
I wanted to share this scripture and my experience with my bloggers because the race got me thinking about everything else in life. Often we know something is coming up in our lives and/or something happens and we are not prepared, BUT we still are given the choice to step on that starting line. On the day of the race, I already knew I was not in my
BEST shape and not to mention it was raining, so I’ll be honest, I considered bowing out gracefully. Instead, I decided to “run my race.”
As we go through life’s trials and tribulations, we often want to stop and give up or maybe even find an easier way; just as in a race you may want to quit, take a short cut or catch a ride back instead. I was proud that instead, I chose to “run my race.”
Many times throughout the race, I looked at others around us (some were walking, jogging, running). Even once or twice, I compared myself saying “man, if they can do it, I can” or “I wish I had his/her form”. Just as in life, we often compare ourselves to others and what they are accomplishing or doing through mediums such as social media—something I recently had to take a break from. I cannot be so worried about others. I have to “run my race.”
Now, you’re almost to the finish line and you‘ve made it! With the help of God, you made it through whatever problem, issue, obstacle that you were facing and you became a winner. Just think if we all went through life with this mentality? No one’s race is going to be the same. It’s not meant to be that way. I don’t know about you, but I am going to own who I am and I am going to “run my race.” And I am going to get MY PRIZE.