Last year, American runner Molly Huddle took fourth place in the world championships in the 10,000 meters race. You may have heard about her story. She celebrated a bit too soon near the end, letting up just enough to allow her teammate, Emily Infeld, to pass her and instead be the one to secure the bronze medal.
She was none too pleased with herself. Every runner is trained to run through the tape, to finish strong. However, there can be unfortunate distractions that prevent one from accomplishing this in the moment that matters the most.
I recently finished my doctoral coursework and passed my comprehensive exam giving me the status of All But Dissertation (ABD). While some may feel this is cause for celebration, it really isn’t. It means that I discovered the light at the end of the tunnel was really just the beginning of another longer tunnel. As it turns out, I discovered that half of the candidates who begin that tunnel never finish! The distractions of life prevent them from running through the tape.
It is my belief that if God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it! 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 in The Message Bible says, “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”
What is your race? Have you decided to finish strong?
My newest goal in life it to be more like the girl in red in the video below: