My Olympic Marathon

 Race Track

It’s the week after Easter…..

and I have just been given the week off of kids’ church to sit in “big people church” for the first time since before Christmas.

 

I spend 10 – 15 hours every Saturday

simply preparing for Sunday.

 

It is imperative that I be your friend, learning your hurts, your struggles, your joys…

yet it is not safe for me to share mine.

 

I will answer the phone every time you need to seek council, as your marriage teeters on the rocks

but I have nowhere to turn when my own seems to be on life support.

 

I will always extend mercy for the wrong your child has done to mine…

even though I will most likely not receive it when my child is in the wrong.

 

I will pretend I don’t hear you discussing my appearance, my clothing that is too frumpy one week, too stylish the next…

and I will never let you know that my closet contains only the freebie rejects of others’ closets, as we barely have money to put food on the table.

 

I will guard your deepest, darkest secrets (You know, those defining life moments that have you sobbing your confessions to my husband in his office)…

even when the gossip you tell about me behind my back breaks my heart in two.

 

I will not resent all the many hours you insist you need my husband to help you solve all your problems

even though that means he will have no time or energy left for mine by the time he gets home.

 

Why?? you may ask……

Because I am an Olympic runner. The race is a full marathon. My aches, pains, and even injuries are temporary. Others are counting on me to finish my course, and to do it well. I get only one shot (this 1 short life) at winning. My Coach believes in me, and it is for Him I run. My greatest goal is to please Him. He’s at the finish line. I see His face. His smile and open arms beckon me. I’m almost there……..

I Corinthians 9:19-27

19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

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