Saturday, December 12, 2009

To Run a Straight Race

Yes, my blogging is distracted. But it is distracted for a wonderful reason. Waiting for Adam was a journey of faith. Being with Adam now is a journey of delight. I am delighted, but thus distracted...

My Adam is a runner. Adam is not just any ordinary runner - Adam runs one-hundred mile races. Not only does Adam run one-hundred mile races, he actually finishes one-hundred mile races! That is very impressive to me. Running takes a lot of focus and requires a lot of strategy and discipline. Adam has all three qualities in abundance. I am so proud! Adam thinks a lot about races and so I have been thinking a lot about races too. Enjoy some reflections on running good races, compliments of Ian Charleson as Eric Liddel in Chariots of Fire. - Sarah

But I want you to do more than just watch a race. I want you to take part in it. I want to compare faith to running in a race. It’s hard. It requires concentration of will, energy of soul. You experience elation when the winner breaks the tape. Especially if you’ve bet on it. But how long does that last? You go home, maybe your dinner is burnt. Maybe you haven’t got a job. So who am I to say, “Believe, have faith,” in the face of life’s realities?

Though I’d like to give you something more prominent, I can only point the way. I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. Where does the power come from to see the race to the end? From within. Jesus said, “Behold the Kingdom of God is within you. If, with all your heart, you seek me, you shall surely find me.” If you commit yourself to the love of Christ then that is how you run a straight race.

- Ian Charleson as Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire