Gaylon and I just returned from a few days in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where our son Michael lives. We try to be at special events for our grandchildren whenever possible. Madison was having field day at her school, and then would be off for half a day. It was perfect – we could watch her participate and then have her to ourselves for a few hours. The field day had a Dr. Seuss theme, and it was interesting to watch the various events. Madison is all girl! I remember her telling me a few years back that she did not like any sport except for ballet. That’s my girl!
One event that really caught my attention was one requiring that the kids put on large clown shoes, big glasses and strap on a long tail. After getting dressed, they held a stick with a spinning plate, and had to walk a certain distance, turn around and come back to the starting point. Upon their return, they would take the outfit off and give it to a classmate who would do the same routine.
The children were divided into three groups, and the idea was to see which group finished first. It was so funny to watch two of the groups in particular, as they awkwardly tried to run in the shoes. After each student on the team had a turn, the kids moved farther and farther from the starting point, which made their course shorter and shorter. Their race seemed easier and quicker. Only one group was returning all the way back to the start. That one group just kept walking obediently, not paying any attention to the fact that the others were a few steps in front of them.
To our surprise the group that won, was the group that did it the right way. They never got rattled by the fact that others seemed to have it easier, or were way ahead in the race. Step by step, foot by foot they just kept walking the course that was laid out before them, and they finished the race victoriously.
How easy it is to think that the devil is a few steps ahead of us, and will keep us from winning the race, or how easy it is to think others are running their race with more ease than we are. Our focus cannot be on the race of another. All that is required to finish our race victoriously, is to keep walking. Step by step with God, we walk the course set before us.
As writer John King said, “The Lord has a special individualized track for each of us. I’m not running your race, and you aren’t running mine. I won’t be judged for you, and you won’t be judged for me, or anyone else for that matter. The Lord doesn’t measure us against others. Winning not only means making it to heaven. Winning means making the Father proud. Winning means walking out our faith daily. Winning has nothing to do with how we measure up against others, it means how well we measured up against God’s plan for us.”
Just put your shoes on and run!
“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1