Weekend thought by Brian Pearson

Are you fed up with the Olympics already?

When they begin, the news will be saturated with medal winners and reruns of each event, but it seems the hype has already begun.

I personally get really into it and will loudly cheer the competitors on (probably just as well our house is detached). In what seems like another lifetime, I competed for my school in running events, but my running days are long gone now. Or are they?

Life can be a little bit like the Olympics. Sometimes the going is easy like a flat race, at other times there are hurdles to jump and occasionally high jumps and long jumps.

There are times when the obstacle is so high that only a pole vault will do and you feel you will not make it.

To some, the whole of life is like a marathon and it seems the finishing line is a long way off. In the Olympics, you are not allowed help or you may be disqualified.

What a blessing that life need not be like that as help is always available to those who ask. What would we do without friends?

So often when things go wrong they are there for us, however some things in our lives are beyond their means to assist and we need to look elsewhere.

In the Bible, the writer to the Hebrews invites them to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”. Heb.12:2.

That is good advice, our faith should indeed be in Jesus Christ the Lord, he is always there ready to help and is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think”. Eph. 3:20.

If you are finding the path through life a difficult one, listen to the advice that Isaiah gives: “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isa. 40.31.

That is good advice. Do this and we will not only have a good weekend but also a good life.

Trusting the Lord means that when the finishing line comes, we will definitely be a winner.