Are you ready to roll?

Have you noticed that the older we get the faster the years seem to roll by? Think about it… when we were kids it seemed like and eternity passed before we turned 16 and got our driver’s license and then another eternity passed before we turned 21 and obtained legal status. Yet somehow it seems like yesterday that we were ringing in 2011. While life’s big milestones seem to come slowly, the rest of life races by at break-neck speed.

The apostle Paul often used the analogy of a race in his teachings. You and I can relate to this analogy because most of us feel as though our life is a race. However, just because we are racing around trying to keep our heads above water doesn’t mean that we are running our race wisely.  In 1 Corinthians 9:24 Paul tells us that in a race all the runners are running, but they don’t all get a prize. He then goes on to say that there is a way to run our race and win.

So, how do we win the race? First we have to realize that in every race there is a charted path and a finish line. Our life’s race began on the path that was charted for us before we were ever born and our finish line is also predetermined. But the prize of  hearing our Father say to us, “Well done my good and faithful servant”, is something we have to strive for.

In Hebrews chapter 12 the writer gives us 3 strategies to win our race:

  1. Throw off everything that hinders you.
  2. Run with perseverance.
  3. Fix your eyes on Jesus

As we run our race in life and roll past 2011 into 2012 I’m reminded of a famous line by Raul Julia from the 1976 movie, The Gumball Rally. The movie was about a car race across America, the line… “What’s behind me is not important”. 

So as we leave 2011 in our rear view mirror let’s forget about the past and commit this year to focusing on Jesus, running our race with perseverance and to throwing off the things that hinder us. Let’s run our race this year in such a way as to win the prize!