For the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed the media surrounding the Olympics. I just love the idea of our nation’s top athletes going to compete against other countries for that gold medal. My favorite events to watch are gymnastics, swimming, and maybe even snippets of all the other sports; but track has a very special place in my heart. When I was younger I used to run track and i’d like to think I was pretty good at it haha! Unfortunately I didn’t stick with it but I do still love running to this day.
My favorite memory of track was when I was selected to be on the 4 x 100 relay team. I was excited because i’d never really competed in a sport before and this was my opportunity! I remember the first thing I was taught was to stay in my lane. For those who don’t know the relay is divided into lanes for each team. From each team there are 4 individuals positioned at certain points on the track within that one lane. The object of the race is to run as fast as you can to your next teammate and pass off a baton to them. Eventually the baton will reach the anchor who will try to reach the finish line with the fastest time. It’s actually very intense! But it’s absolutely key that you stay focused and stay in your lane so you don’t collide with the opposing teams. My first relay I was the anchor. It was kind of intimidating running around the final curve and also feeling like I was behind since the race starts off staggered. Although, eventually everything leveled out and I could feel the opposing teams running nearby but my only focus was on the finish line.
The idea of “staying in my lane” was no doubt useful in running track; but it was also an idea that my dad ingrained in my brothers and I growing up in terms of everyday life. Lately God has been burning out alot of deadwood in my life, revealing things to me, and just refining my relationship with Him. One thing He’s shown me these last several weeks is the definite need to stay in my lane on this journey with Him. Going into my senior year my focus is on the finish line; on everything that God has promised. I don’t have time to veer into other lanes possibly colliding with other teams. My goal is to win the race and the ultimate prize, Jesus. “Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:24)”
I am focused on running in my purpose, and in order to win the race I understand that I need to be fully committed to Team Jesus. There may be people around me who choose to live their lives contrary to God’s Word…people who are still running for the world. But I cannot veer into those lanes. I must stay in my lane. The thing about the 4 x 100 is you can’t focus on what your opponents are doing. You don’t look back or even get discouraged if they pass you. You keep going and you zone in on where you’re trying to go. You also can’t listen to every bit of the noise around you, because you may hear someone cheering for the opposing team or even someone trying to distract you. Your only focus is on the race. The race may be hard, but we were taught to keep our eye on the finish line and to give it all we have. It’s the same way with our relationships with Christ. We can’t get distracted; we may feel like giving up or face many distractions but we need to give our relationships with God all we have and stretch for the finish line. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)”
To whoever is reading this I want to tell you, don’t get discouraged, don’t give up, push and endure this race. “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)”
This last year. This last leg of the race. I am determined to run the best that I can for Christ and achieve all that He’s set before me. Here’s to a great senior year! 🙂