I am still watching the young athletes competing for the Gold at the Olympics and I enjoy the figure skating most of all! As I watched them competing I think that everything in life seems like a race! Personally I am constantly in a race against the clock trying to get everything done, or be at an appointed place, on time!
Sometimes it feels like everyone is in a competition against YOU! When you pull up to a light it seems like the car next to you tries to get off faster than you, or if you try to change lanes, the car in that lane speeds up to keep you from getting in front of them. A trip to the grocery store, especially at times like this with everyone trying to prepare for the storm, is terrible! Everyone pushing and shoving and trying to get the last loaf of bread and then it seems that everyone waited until I got ready to get in line to come and crowd into the lane before I did, some of them with 25 items in the Express lane (10 items or less)!
Just watch all the competition shows on TV, the Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Stars, Amazing Race, Apprentice, Top Chef, Survivor, everyone wants to get ahead and win! The Apostle Paul says: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.
When you are doing your best, is the time when the devil steps in to try to stop you, or embarrass you into shutting up! My mother told us often about the time my grandfather preached a sermon at a great revival on the Healing Power of Jesus! WOW, what a response, the altar was filled with people seeking healing and giving their hearts to the Lord, he was so happy as he came into the house. There he saw his wife sitting with their toddler on her lap by the fireplace. The child was burning with fever, the fever that had taken the lives of other children in their 1930’s community. In his heart he heard the devil mocking him, saying “Where is your healing Jesus now?” The town doctor got word of the sick child and stopped to see her, he told them that she wouldn’t live through the night. My granddad began to cry out to the Lord, reminding Him of every scripture he had used in his great sermon, asking Him to heal his baby in the name of Jesus. My mother was ten years old and was so frightened, seeing her dad praying so earnestly, kneeling there by the fire. Finally, exhausted, he fell asleep, Mama still sitting there with the baby on her lap. About the time the sun came up, so did the little one, eyes bright and asking for cereal! “I’m hungry,” she was saying, “I want cereal.” As she was eating, there was a knock on the door, it was the doctor coming to give his condolences and see if he could be of any assistance. My granddad invited him to come in and see the miracle! She was eating; she looked up and began to sing him a song! As he left that house, there were tears rolling down his cheeks and a new belief in the “healing Jesus” of this young evangelist!
Anytime you give a testimony, expect to be tested, for where is the proof of your testimony without the test? We are competing with the devil every day of our life to keep our joy, peace, even our eternal salvation! Don’t give up the fight. Paul asks the question “You did run well, who hindered you?” Don’t let anyone stand in the way of YOUR victory; you are in this fight for your very life! Remember Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Don’t get tired; stay in training, our whole life is like an Olympic competition our own Amazing Race!