2015-06-10 - Relay Race
While in middle school, our daughter was on the track team. She spent some time doing different types of races, determining which one suited her best. I recall her running sprint races, middle distance, and even hurdle races. I think her best event turned out to be the 400m or 800m event, but it took some time to figure this out. More recently, I thought of how many relationships in our lifetime often fit into the track meet category of the relay races. I recall Kate doing a few of these. In that time on the track team also, whether it was the 4X100 or 4X400. I think the latter length was more suited to her, as well.
For me, it’s taken much of my life to determine that many connections with people are more like us being in a short- or mid-range relay race together. We often receive the baton from someone and carry it awhile, and then release it, to move forward. We also spend time in our portion of that race, next to some of the same people for awhile, and then they move along to a different place, too. We meet new people running the same race, and then we form some closer relationships, as we travel together along these paths. And there are also a small few we seem to travel all or most of life’s race alongside, which is nice. Those baton-passing and baton-carrying times can be challenging and painful, as well as times of much learning and joy, so we should cherish them all. From whom will you receive your next baton, whom will you pass it to next? Be ready. He’s counting on us to finish strongly!
“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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.