In the relay, the first runner steps up to the starting line with the baton. The gun fires and the race begins. While clutching the team’s metal tube, the runner finds his pace, focuses down the lane, and uses a long stride to cover the course. After rounding the last turn, the lead runner heads for the exchange zone where his teammate awaits. In the most critical part of the race, the baton is passed to the next runner for their leg of the race. And so on, until the anchor leg who then stretches for the finish line.
In life, we have been handed the baton and it is our turn to run the race. Jesus came, lived, loved, died, and rose again. Then he passed the baton to His disciples: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew28:19-20 NIV)
Those disciples ran their leg of the race before passing the baton to others and so on until we received the baton for ourselves. Like those running a physical race, we must hold on to our faith, stay in our narrow lane, run with endurance the lonely backstretch, hear the roar of the crowd of witnesses, and press on toward the goal. Every step takes us closer to the anchor leg and finish line. The really good news is that we do not run alone since Jesus promised to be with us to the very end.
In addition to the faith race, I carry other batons in other races. My family traditions and legacy. Parenting. Pursuit of my writing dream. Company responsibilities. Volunteer opportunities. I hope I will be as faithful to run those races.
What about you? What race are you running? Have you been handed the baton or are you waiting? What secrets are there to running a race with endurance? Who are you passing the baton to and are they ready?