Racing to the Finish

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Today’s guest post is from Carol Peterson. Carol Peterson’s mission in writing is to educate, entertain, and inspire. Her published books provide busy teachers with creative ways to help assure compliance with curriculum standards. The goal of her blog From Carol’s Quill is to encourage faith in Jesus.


Racing to the Finish

When my baby girl was three-years old, she won the tricycle race at preschool.

Every child won the race that day. But what my daughter remembered was that she won.  She even received a blue ribbon to prove she was the victor. Twenty years later, she knows that all the children won the race, but what she still remembers most is that she won the race.

And it makes her smile.

The Apostle Paul talks a lot about running the race of faith. He says we need to persevere. Keep going. Yes we train, but then we must face forward and run with Jesus as hard as we can.

“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.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Paul doesn’t say we should strive to be the first-place, number one victor over the rest of the pack. He doesn’t say we get the single, one-of-a-kind, first-place silver trophy at the end of the race.

The key is to keep going. Keep running the race. Keep doing our best.

At the end, guess what? We all win. All who finish the race; all who have persevered; all who have stayed the course, end up at the heavenly finish line as winners. All of us.

“Everyone who competes in the games [human, racing] goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:25)

Did you see that? At the end of life’s race, we don’t get a little blue ribbon. Nor a silver trophy subject to tarnish. We get a crown. All of us who have run the good race for Jesus will receive an everlasting crown.

That makes me smile.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for showing us the importance of running the race with perseverance. Thank you for reminding us that obedience and forward motion of our faith is what you look at. Thank you that you are faithful to complete the good work you have started, so that all of us win!  Amen.

6 thoughts on “Racing to the Finish

  1. Deborah K. Anderson

    Amen, girl!

    This is one of my favorite verses. I think it helps me to keep heading toward the finish line, especially when things get tough. And the prize is definitely far better than a ribbon. 🙂 Great post!

  2. Chris Vonada

    I love this, running the race and everyone is the winner! It all starts with taking the first step… in life as a child and every day when we get up out of bed, say our prayers and are thankful for whatever He has in store. Very inspiring Carol 🙂

  3. Lynn Mosher

    So awesome our efforts to keep running the race are rewarded with a crown. Hoping it fits! {wink-wink} Looking forward to seeing all the winners! Loved your post, Carol!

  4. Terrie

    Carol, What a wonderful post…Just what I needed today. Sometimes we run so hard and don’t feel like we are making any progress – but that’s what the world wants us to believe. I know nothing that I do for the Lord is in vain. So I keep on truckn’ – I know I have already won, no matter what happens.

    Eileen – Thanks for hosting our sweet sister Carol. Many blessings to you!


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