In the Bible, the Apostle Paul compares the Christian life to running a race. They are similar in that both require a great deal of self discipline for success. But he also contrasts the two by pointing out that in an earthly race only one person can be the winner. It’s God’s will however for every Christian to win his race, because he’s not competing against other people, but against himself and the forces of spiritual darkness which oppose him.
There is another difference also between these two races. The Olympic runner knows where the finish line is. But in most cases, you and I don’t know when the finish line of life is approaching until we’ve already crossed it. That’s why we have to spend time every day pressing forward.
One more difference is that while an Olympic runner is intensely focused on winning, many Christians don’t even realize they’re in a race. But a focus on winning your race can generate dynamic energy for redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.