Restore Your Home, Restore Your Spirit!
It's a race to the finish line. At the end of a race, runners usually "kick it" and run faster in order to finish strong. It's totally mental and a conscious decision to push yourself and work harder. Knowing the end is near makes it possible for that burst of energy to erupt because you know you won't need the energy afterwards. It's about attitude. As a runner, I want to look good finishing, for my moment of glory.
Sometimes there are challenges at the end of the race and this time I'm not talking about hitting the wall. (Although I am on the verge of that, too.) When I was on the cross-country track team in high school, I was competing in a race to make it to the state meet. Only the top 15 runners would go. In the last quarter mile I was neck and neck with another runner to make it. We were in 15th and 16th place. Only one of us was going to make it. In the finish stretch, she kicked me in the shin with her spikes and knocked me to the ground. She ran in to her victory, finishing 15th and went on to the state meet. She didn't get disqualified and got away with it. I on the other hand didn't wear spikes. I ran in my sister's old Nike's with soft, worn out soles. However, I got up and finished the race. Today I realize, I finished strong. I was the real winner. I didn't rat her out, I didn't cheat and I didn't hurt anyone in the attempt to accomplish my dream. I didn't try to take anyone's dream away, in order to accomplish mine. I just kept the focus on myself and persevered.
I wonder how that girl felt, knowing she hurt someone in order to keep her position. It can't feel good to try to wipe someone else out, in order to get ahead. A lot of people saw what she did and she sure didn't appear to be full of grace doing it. Did she think she finished strong? Did she feel good about herself? Or did she not care because she "made it?" What was she afraid of? Why was I such a threat? Maybe I didn't have the energy to kick it and didn't even need to be kicked. She could have won fair and square.
I believe that everything counts and that we can inspire excellence. We can't always control what happens but ultimately we have the choice in how we respond to challenges. It's about attitude and action. How do we want others to see us? Persevering isn't just continuing despite difficulty or delay in achieving success, it's continuing in a state of grace, leading finally to glory. In life, there are enough opportunities for everyone. We live in a very abundant world. My desire is to support one another and work together in grace, in order to achieve a glorious experience.