Monday, 5 March 2012

Running To Win

Since all work and no play make Jill a dull girl I decided that Sports Day 2012 was not going to miss me, not for love nor for money. I would have to be there one way or another. Well, I kept my promise for I did not want to only read about the happenings, I wanted to be there to see the live action. To be honest with you, my original idea for this year was to be out there in my house colour (blue) as a quiet observer but when the action kicked off, I must confess that everything changed.

If you think I am going to give you a detailed report of all the happenings then sorry to disappoint you. If you were not there, you should have been there. Anyway, permit me to give my ‘two cents’ along the line of running and more so on running to win.

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From the offset I noted that the runners were running to win.  It was obvious from the runners were taking their positions at the starting line, they really expected to win, it showed on their faces. Each runner was so focused on making it to the finish line that his/her countenance changed. When each race was coming to an end and some of the runners realized that they may not to win, they doubled their efforts and put out everything they had.  It took courage, energy, will-power, patience and lots of determination.     

Whether or not you were present to see the athletes, the fact of the matter is that as a child of the universe you are also running in the race of life. This means that if you are going to win you cannot run any old way.   In order to win you have to get certain things down ‘pat’. Winning the race means keeping your eyes on the prize. In this case, you cannot afford to take your eyes off Jesus, for he is the author and finisher of your faith. Winning the race of life means that you have to follow the rules. Jesus left the rules for us to follow in a little book, called the Bible. There is no magic portion to drink, no pills to take, no secrets to follow, it is as easy as 1-2-3, if you really want to win, read your Bible and obey every word. In this race, there is a prize for each one that endures to the end.  

Sometimes you might feel like you are not winning, you might feel like you are at the back of the race and sometimes others will run pass you.  Sometimes you might feel like you are falling but even if you eventually fall; do not give up. Get up from off the ground, for you still can win.

Never cheat yourself or let anyone take your prize, stay in the race, double your efforts, give it you’re all. Keep on running for you are not just out there running all by yourself. Jesus is with you, He made your running shoes, and He knows that you can do it. He expects that you are going to be out there, not just running but running to win. 

  Jacqueline Champier, Behavioural Sciences Department