Weekend Thought by Neil and Sarah Smith

WE seem to be thinking about running races a lot at present, something to do with all the hype around the Olympics maybe?

How great to win a medal after all that training and practising, what pride in the achievement.

How many of us have kicked that imaginary goal in the World Cup final or been first across the finishing line in the 100 metres, arms up, the roar of the crowd?

Only the privileged, gifted few get the chance for real, but actually we’re all in a race – the race of life.

What is your goal in life? Money, a successful career, a big house or travel?

And what is life’s ultimate goal? Is death the finish line? What of life’s achievements then?

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul, nearing his death, is able to say: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.

“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but to all those who love his appearing”. (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Maybe like you, we certainly will never win gold or even have a lucrative career but, with the apostle Paul, “let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2), and in so doing we can be assured that there is a crown waiting beyond the final finishing line.