LIfe Is A Race

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 Liberal ideologists believe that life is not a race so 'man' should pace out and enjoy whatever he can make out of it. While conservatism may agree with that notion, it however, believes that life is more of a journey than a race; careful planning therefore becomes the cornerstone for successful completion.

 Most Christians are caught up in these ideologies. Those that are less opportune materially take consolation from the liberal ideas and accept life as it presents itself while the more endowed continue to enjoy the glories of life. To this end, I took the liberty to examine the concept of race (or racing) and its fundamental attributes. A quick scan through Wikipedia presented three important features of racing: Competition, Objective and Time (or point of completion).

Every race involves a kind of competition. But unlike other races, Christians do not compete with each other or any human entity but the enemy of Christ. The Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world ...Ephesians 6:12. Don’t you ever wish you can see your competitor?

Secondly, every race has an objective. In soccer, the objective is to score the most goals. For Christians, the objective is to live a life worthy of Gods recognition, as measured by God himself (through His words) and not our Pastor’s or any other person’s standard. Isn't it ironic that most believers prefer to be measured by the standards set by their churches (through attendance, leadership abilities, participation in activities etc), friends and 'icons' instead of the ones set by Christ himself? The scripture says; "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you" Romans 12:3.

Finally, every race (with a point of origin) must have a point of completion. For Christians, the point of completion is the time we give up breath and forever be with the Lord or the time Christ himself comes back for us.

The uncertainties of life have forced many believers to develop a hybrid kind of racing that either involve some or none of these attributes. Unlike standard racing, our competitor (the devil) does not abide by the rules on the field. He may foul-you-up many times but none of which will negate the outcome of the race. The spectators may sometimes be cheering for you and many times, hostile, but you don't have the luxury to stop the race and question their motives.

A 'racer' does not stop in the middle of the race and question the wind direction. Your only objective is to race against time and all hostilities trusting that the God who started a good work in you will carry you unto completion. Will you choose the easy way and develop a hybrid race, one that suits and pleases people around you, or stand with Paul and declare "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing" 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

As you declare with Apostle Paul, always remember none of the things he went through counted as much to strengthen him than finishing the race. And so frankly speaking, life is more of a race as it is a journey. Let's be sure the "measure" by which we examine ourselves is the same one used by the Lord himself.

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