Hebrews 12:1, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,"
I saw this semi-final race when it was run, and as I looked at the picture, it is easy to focus on Usain Bolt and his amazing talent. He, by far, is a spectacular sprinter and has impacted his sport in ways that may never be matched. It is so easy to look at his face and see in him a confidence that his only concern is how much he wants to dominate his opponents in this race. But his is not the image that captures me; I am caught by the image of determination seen in the face of the British runner. Though he knows he will not win the race, he perseveres. He appears to be giving the effort of a lifetime to finishing this race to the best of his ability, and to finish as well as he is capable of finishing. Isn't this our call as Christians? It is not to be better than someone else, it is to be the best we can be. It is not to give up if someone else seems to be doing better, rather we are to keep running, keep trying, with our only goal to finish to the best of our ability. We may be the Christians whose name will never be spoken on television, or who will never have an impact beyond our own local area, but if we do what God has called us to do, to the best of our ability, then our success will not be measured against other Christians, it will be measured against the call of God for our life.
Are we striving to serve God, to walk in obedience to the best of our ability? If so, we are winners; if not, then perhaps its time to get our focus right, and to get our hearts back in the race. Let's set our eyes upon the goal and run with all our hearts, our souls, and our might, to do less is to miss what God has for our lives.