Friday, March 22, 2013

The Derby Race

My son is in Scouts and last night they had a race. He was very excited because he and his dad spent a lot of time making a car for the race. He was certain he was going to be the winner. On the way into town he talked about all the names he should have painted on the back of his car, such as "bye bye" or "see ya" or "champion", as he was convinced his car would leave all the others far behind!
His car had a Lego head glued to the top of it, which I thought was a pretty clever idea. The first race, he lined up with three other Scouts, and at the count of three the cars were off. My son came in second place! He was pleased. Next race, he came in third, he seemed a little discouraged. Next race, fourth place, uh-oh, the Lego head fell off, as well as a weight, this isn't looking good.  My son, burst out loudly, "I've lost my head!" and the crowd broke out in laughter. This lightened his heart, and seemed to give him some hope for race number four. He came in second again on the last race, and we left the derby in high spirits, with a headless car!
It was fun to watch all the boys racing their cars, and having such a good time. Even with the difficulties of loosing weights and heads, they kept going until the race was over. They all had fun, and they all worked well together.
As I thought about it more this morning it reminded me of the verse in 2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Whatever happens in life, just keep going and finish the race. It's a good fight, because it's a fight for Jesus! Keep the faith, because it's for Jesus, finish, even if I loose my head! And, there are days that it feels like I might  :)

Jesus, You are the Perfecter of my faith, You fight for me, You race along beside me, continue to Say That Again to me, and I will finish the race!

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