I’ve never been an athlete. I figured there was a reason for scooters in stores and moving walkways in airports, and I could help them stay in business if I continued using them. Well, I was wrong. As I am now well past the age to know better, I realize the importance of “use it or lose it.”
I’ve come to realize my physical body mirrors perfectly my faith condition. Scripture says I am to love deeply, forgive freely, worship passionately, give generously, walk in faith fearlessly, and commit not to quit. This takes minute by minute persistence.
In the Greek games, a judge would stand at the finish line holding laurel leaves in plain sight to the athletes. This was the shining crown given to the winner. As the runner came around that last stretch, worn out and feeling unable to go another inch, he would glimpse the prize in the judge’s hands. That’s when a fresh burst of energy kicked in.
Would you be able to agree with the apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7)? That’s what I’m working toward.
What do you think?