Embrace The Race

And people will come from the east and the west…
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.

Luke 13:29-30

Though The Chicago Marathon was run almost six weeks ago, a friend recently shared her excitement over completing the race. I understand her pride because my older son ran the marathon two years ago. I continue to marvel over the commitment that got him to the race. I also still remember his time which was his personal best: four hours and seven minutes. Amazing!

As I considered what my friend and my son accomplished, I reminded myself that the things which are important to us usually require a commitment. Our persistence or lack thereof in keeping these commitments make the importance of these things quite clear. When we maintain our interest and effort through thick and thin, we do so because this particular quest is a priority. When we fail to do so, we likely haven’t taken the activity or cause at hand to heart.

You know, we all embark upon very different journeys when we greet each new day. Wherever our paths take us, we do what is needed to accomplish our goals. In the end, we hopefully feel very good about what we have done. Even when the results aren’t what we had hoped for, the run itself is worth the effort. God asks only that we tend to these things as only we can and as best we can.

Gracious God, we each have a unique race to run. May all of our efforts take us home to you.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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