Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" Hebrews 12:`1.
Sometimes our lives feel like an endless relay race. We dash out the door in the morning, scrambling to get kids to school, make it on time to appointments, meet deadlines at work, pay the bills, get groceries, put dinner on the table at a decent hour, find time for a devotional and prayer, and start it all again the next day. It can seem like an endless merry-go-round. We go on automatic.
How do make sure we're running the right race?
Meghan Vogel, when she was 17 years old, was a champion long-distance runner. Meghan had won the 1,600 meter race at the Division III state meet in Columbus. Right after that, she started the 3,200 meter race and was struggling. She saw a rival runner ahead of her, Arden McMath, who was faltering, falling, and fighting just to stay on her feet. Arden was falling when Meghan picked her up and supported Arden the rest of the way, across the finish line, all the while keeping Arden ahead of her.
“I don’t really remember much about it,” Meghan said. “It was kind of a blur. I just remember picking her up and trying not to injure her as I crossed the line. She deserved to be in front of me.”
While Meghan could have been disqualified for her actions, none of the meet officials said anything as the crowd gave the girls a standing ovation. Although Meghan finished last, she was first in the hearts of the bystanders. She witnessed to the goodness within us, placed there by God. Meghan reminds us what we are called to do.
Right now our country is in a crisis in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white police officer. Peaceful protesters are being attacked. In some instances the police have been attacked. Looters, agitators, people guided by violence, are promoting looting, destroying businesses and spreading fear and discord. We must look to the people who run the race to help, to bind up the wounds, to carry the hurting, to bring peace and justice back to our land.
This is the race we're really in. Even when we are behind, that we stop to help. No matter what we are doing, throughout our day, there are opportunities to serve,to care, to heal, and think on the welfare of others.
So run your race! We will not let the haters win. Even when it feels we're behind, we're always ahead of the game when we help our neighbor in need.
PRAY: "God, run with us today. Keep us on the right path, the true path. Remind me what I'm running for. "