2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”(Holy Bible NIV)
Go carts. Our family has a tradition of visiting the race tracks every time we vacation together. What started off as a rivalry has turned into a must-do on vacations. It all started with my husband and my brother wanting to show off their racing skills. Since both of them were just seconds short of having a NASCAR career, the question remained unanswered as to who was the better driver. To settle the score the whole family ventrued out to the tracks to shut them up…I mean support them. Race after race those boys would go out, finish the race, and if they lost would have faith they would win he next time. Their victories went back and forth but neither one of them would give up or admit defeat. They raced and raced until finally we all lovingly told them they were done. They both walked away from the race track and would not return until the next vacation, when the rivalry reared its ugly head again. Year after year those two have raced each other, never giving up their dream to be the ultimate driver.
As our kids grew, one by one they were allowed to ride along with their Daddy while he drove the car, until of course they were old enough to drive one themselves. That did not stop their Daddy’s from competing. They bumped into the kids, cut them off and many times lapped them. Each year they leave everything they have on those tracks, just so they can walk proud and claim the title.
We are to take this same mentality and apply it within us. Life sometimes comes at us in 5th gear and the twists and turns it takes are at times too much to bear. But, God has given us the strength, endurance, and support to face them head on and finish the race. We all have our crosses to carry and some are heavier than others. The cross that each of us has is one God has designed for us at this point in our life. We are not to lay them down until we have fought the fight, finished the race and through it all kept the faith. At times it may be hard to carry on and believe that God will see us through our troubles. Still, we are to carry our crosses, let the world around us see them, and when we finish the race and the time has comes to lay them down, we are to give Him all of the glory.
So, the next time you pass a track, get out there and drive a Go-Cart. It does not matter whether you win the race, although my husband and brother would disagree, but that you fight with everything you have to finish. Have faith that God will see you through it and when the racing is done, He will be at the finish line with open arms.