Participation or Observation - Part I
October 8, 2012
Participation or Observation:
Recently I was having conversation with a friend who was going to be participating in his first triathlon. It was one day before the big race. When I asked what he had done to prepare, he told me about his last 16 weeks of regimented training. He was intentional about what how he worked out, how he rested, what he ate, and when he slept. Every precaution that could be taken, was. He was determined to succeed. He was going to bring his very best.
When I was in high school, I was on the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athlete) leadership team. Once a month we would gather in someone's home for a time of fellowship, worship and to hear a short reflection given by a guest speaker. Just about every single speaker referenced our theme verse found in Hebrews 12:1
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith"
Never have I known an athlete to be content to sit on the sidelines and watch! With this in mind, take a few moments and consider, in a broader sense, the spiritual race that we are running.
Are we prepared? What are we doing to prepare? Are we disciplined? What does our daily workout look like? Are we being spectators, or are we actively involved? Are we intentional about the decisions we make? Are we bringing our very best?
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."