Run Your Race

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!

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Stubborn Faith

I look to the day when every “why?” will have an answer — every question, an explanation.

Why he had to die so early…

Or the business didn’t prosper…

Or the marriage didn’t work out…

Or the tumor had to be malignant…

Or the dream didn’t materialize…

Unsatisfied, we often raise both a fist and a charge to God just like Martha who said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died….” (John 11:21)

Paraphrased, “What took you so long, Jesus? Why did you delay? Why didn’t you come rushing to your friend, Lazarus, when you heard the news?”

But Jesus had a good reason.

He was about to perform something spectacular to enable exponential growth in the people’s faith. In a sense, Lazarus’ death was necessary for the people’s faith to live.

Martha’s limited human understanding, however, could not fully grasp the divine ways of her friend. Until she saw her brother strolled outside the empty tomb. It was only when she looked around her and saw how the people gasped, knelt and praised God that day that she understood why Jesus did what he did.

Martha had to wait for weeks to find her answer.

We might need to wait a lifetime to find ours.

For some of us, we might even have to wait until we get to the other side to get our answers.

Either way, we ought to wait with stubborn faith.

Stubborn because it doesn’t yield to despair, or resentment or surrender. It chooses to believe that God always has good reasons for what He allows in our lives.

Are you now wrestling with some unanswered questions in your life, my friend?

Choose to wait with stubborn faith today.

Wait. Trust. Believe.

That pretty soon, you’ll hear the rock move and a dead man march out from an empty tomb!

Running on Empty

Empty. Dry. Parched.

You sometimes feel that way, don’t you?

When your best seemed not enough.
When your work doesn’t seem to matter.
When what you do doesn’t seem to make sense.
When no matter what you do, your jump seemed not high enough; your reach not long enough; your effort not good enough.

Life has thrown so many left hooks at you and you’ve heard the umpire exclaim “strike out” so many times already.

You are running on empty.

But perhaps that’s where the problem lies: You are “running”. Scampering after every opportunity. Going after every break. Fixing every trouble in your world.
Let’s take a break today. Slow down. Step back. Sit still in one corner and pray. Your world won’t end if you stop trying to run it. Somebody once said: “Resign today as general manager of the universe because Someone else is.”

A car running on empty needs to stop so it can be filled with gas. A person running on empty needs to stop so he can be filled with grace.