Do you like trivia questions?
What is the longest continuous held sporting event in the United States? Or how about what race is considered the “Greatest two minutes in sports?”
If you guessed the Kentucky Derby, you are right! Our family just returned from Church Hill Downs in Kentucky a few weeks ago, and I was taken back by the journey of the Thoroughbred. The foal begins training for races right from birth. Every activity, every day is in preparation for racing. If the horse becomes good enough, it might race at Church Hill Downs.
The horse has one chance to race at this particular race track when it is three years old. One chance to make it or break it. One race to shine in the spotlight, or find itself in the shadows.
Even if the horse makes it to racing season, many circumstances can affect how well the horse does —weather conditions, track conditions, injuries, or even the jockey’s position on the saddle. Yet, in spite of potential stumbling blocks, once on the track, the horse will run as hard as it can.
But does the horse know its racing?
According to For the Win, “Horses know they are racing, and a lot of it is what similarly goes on in humans’ heads: The will to win — with varying degrees of competitiveness. They also might feel dejection or pride at their performance, even if it doesn’t linger.”
Our life is much like a race. Now we don’t have one chance to shine, but many moments where we can make a difference. We can stand out. But how many times do we blow it?
I want my eyes on the end of the race at all costs, but I admit I lose my focus. I’m too tired, overwhelmed and too busy. Life gets hard, and I want to retreat right back inside.
We can learn some tips from the champions at the Kentucky Derby in regards to winning.
Focus on the Finish line.
Our focus should be on Jesus, and the goal is eternal life with Him in Heaven. We might need to re-align our focus every day, but we can traverse anything when stuck on Christ.
Feeding on the Right Food Makes the Difference.
If we want to run with endurance, we need to feed our minds with the Word of God. This needs to be a daily, deliberate activity. We can’t expect to run with strength and power if we only get into the Word occasionally.
Trust the Jockey.
The jockey has studied the track and knows the pitfalls. He’s raced before and knows what conditions affect different aspects of the race. Can we say the same thing of our Lord? His wisdom tops anything in this world. He will lead us through the best course.
Expect Conditions to Affect the Race.
Problems and messes will certainly come our way, but we need to re-adjust our mindset onto God. He promises to lead us and keep us safe and protected. Did you realize God gives us 3,000 promises in the Bible? Messes might cover us, but God’s grace showers on us.
Gamble — Take Risks of Faith.
We can bet on God. He will not let us down. It might not turn out the way we think it should, but God’s ways are better than our own. Risks of faith become rewards in Heaven. Click To Tweet
Remember Whose Stable You Belong to.
We will blow it daily, but God unconditionally loves us. No mess-up is big enough to ever stop God from accepting us. We belong to Him forever.
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25 ESV
Julie Loos is the mom of 5 kids and has been happily married to Greg for 17 years. She loves to read, eat chocolate, drink iced tea and spend time writing in the midst of messes. Connect & Follow Julie at her blog, Unmasking the Mess and at her social media links.
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