Thursday, February 08, 2007

Who's Watching?

There was a 5K run the other day, and a West Melbourne engineer won the race.

He said, “It was pretty crazy. I actually ran my best time in three or four years...”

He thought that maybe being a brand new father, he had newfound energy to run. But there was a simple act a lot of runners don’t do; he left his watch at home. What a difference it made to not have the hurdle of time to jump over! He ran with no restraints.

We live in a rat race. We rush to work, rush home, rush to eat our meals, rush to appointments. Everywhere we go the clock is ticking. Time is running out and we find ourselves like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Constantly checking our watches, cell phones, computers, store clocks—as if we could somehow squeeze one more minute out of the day.

We find ourselves in a pile of excuses when the starter pistol fires. We stare at our watch and wonder how in the world we’ll ever get that far. We’ve made it into a race against time…and who can win that one? We’ve lost before we’re even out of the blocks.

What keeps you from running the race that God has set before you?

Why not write that book or song that’s been banging around in your head? What about that letter you need to write or that phone call? You love to sing, and there’s a call for singers at church. What’s holding you back? Is it really time, or something bigger like doubt? Why not take off that watch and just run?

Let’s run together and see where God takes us. I bet we’ll progress farther and faster than we could’ve ever imagined, all because we left our burden at behind.

Are you ready? Get set, GO!

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

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