August 30, 2016

Read Hebrews 12:1-2
Not sure what I’m going to do every night now that the Olympics is over.  I’ve so enjoyed seeing the U.S. athletes realize their dreams after years of training.  What has impacted me even more than their superhuman feats has been their varied reactions to victory, loss, and controversy.
While trying to qualify for the women’s 4 x 100, the U.S. team was impeded by a competitor, causing one of our runners to drop the baton.  With a clear head, the captain urged her teammate to pick it up and finish the race.  She did so, and the U.S. came in dead last. No guarantee that the Olympic committee would grant them another chance-- just the knowledge that this race was what had been set before them.
Paul gave similar instructions to us for our daily lives.   “…And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”  (Hebrews 12:1-2).  We don’t have guarantees of earthly success in the short run, but we have a heavenly reward waiting for us at the end of a faithful life.  
By the way – we won the gold in that race.  God is good!