Running the Race

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, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

If you saw it you remember it. It was the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. His name was Derrick Redman and he was running in the semi-finals for the 400 meter race.

Just 250 meters away from the finish line, his hamstring tears.  Derrick Redman falls down on the race track in excruciating pain.  People are coming out with the stretcher to carry him off the track but somehow he manages to get back up on his feet. It’s apparent he plans to hobble the 250 meters to the finish line.  He can’t run, in fact, he can barely walk. You can see the pain in his face as he continues the race.

Suddenly on the side lines there is some commotion as people are trying to stop a man from getting on the race track.  The man stops and says something to the security officers and they let him through.  It doesn’t take long to figure out that the man is Derrick Redman’s dad.  He makes his way out to the race track, grabs his son, and together, the two of them walk across the finish line together. That’s encouragement!

As believers, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses as we run the race that God has set before us. You can run that race with endurance by keeping your eyes on Jesus.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!