Often, our tendency is to compare the way we run with the way others run.
He has a better job.
He has a bigger house.
He has a nicer car.
He has a more beautiful family.
He is richer, smarter, and healthier.
The “comparison game” never works. You see, somebody will always be better than you in at least one aspect of life. Comparing brings despair. We question our value. We second-guess our worth.
In today’s Gospel, Peter asked Jesus about John. He said, “Lord, what about this man?” (John 21:21). And Jesus was quick to tell him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” (John 21:22).
In other words, Jesus was saying, “Quit comparing, Peter. Start running your own race!”
And besides, if a runner who runs a race keeps glancing at the runner who is running beside him, he can trip and fall. In running your race, focus on your track and on your goal. That’s the only way to win your race.
Today, I am reminded to run my race. Be the best in what God has called me to be. Make the most of what God has given me. It doesn’t matter how others run in relation to me. What matters is how I run in relation to the course which God has set for me.
Be the best Christian, husband, father, son, brother, and friend that I could be. Today, I resolve. I will run my race and I will run it as best as I can!
You should too!