Monday, January 12, 2009
The Race of Our Lives
If you falter running against men, how can you compete against horses?
Have you experienced being bypassed for a promotion that you long expected? Are you getting lesser pay than the amount of work you’re doing? What other grievances you’re having now that you feel like cursing God in high heaven for letting you in those maladies? Let me tell you a story inspired by a Bible passage.
There was a young man who has been accused and convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. One day, the man saw an opportunity and escaped from his prison cell and became a subject of manhunt. Too tired from running, the young man stopped to rest in the middle of the rice field where an old farmer is working. The farmer upon seeing the tired young man got pity on him. He gave the young man water upon seeing him catching his breath. The farmer made a small hut for the man to shelter against the punishing rays of the sun. After ensuring that the man has a place to rest, the old man went back to his work. The young man, still not contented complained to the farmer how tired he is after that long hours of running. Hearing this, the farmer gave the man a chair to sit so he can rest completely under the hut. But the young man went on complaining that his shirt is wet by sweat. Seeing this, the old man gave the man his extra shirt so that he can change clothes to make him feel comfortable.
Despite all what has been given to him, the young man continues to bark at the old man. The farmer patiently asked the young man, “were you not a subject of manhunt and were accused of a crime you didn’t commit?” “Yes I am,” replied the young man. “Were you tired of running all day long to flee from your pursuers?” “Yes, I am”, said the man. “How long have you been running against these men?” asked the farmer? “Two hours”, replied the young man. “You see, I have been here as early as 4-o’clock in the morning and feeling thirsty as well, yet I didn’t complain when I gave you my last bottle of water to quench your thirst. You ran for two hours while I have been working here for seven hours and pretty tired too, yet I didn’t complain when I made you a shelter against the sun. You complained of discomfort while my whole body is soaked in sweat, yet I didn’t complain giving you my last shirt. I saw you standing for about half an hour while I have been standing here tilling the land for seven straight hours without rest and it didn’t bother me at all to give you my own chair, yet you are still complaining that you are tired running from these men?” said the old man. “By the way” as the old man continues, “while you were busy complaining, I saw a group of men who looks like your pursuers and they overheard your voice and approaching us on this very moment; all in horses.”
We all have our own share of difficulties in life and all are in varying degrees; some are big while others are beyond comprehension. Talking more than doing will bring us to nowhere and oftentimes bring us more harm than good. Letting our diatribes overcome our thoughts will rob us the opportunity to think intelligently needed to plan for our next action. Just like an athlete preparing for a bigger competition, he needs to train his mind and body to absorb the pain and punishment in order to increase the chances of reaching his goal. In the same way when facing life’s biggest obstacle, we are being prepared by God for much bigger odds to come. If we keep on complaining each time we falter and refuse to continue despite the opportunities given, how can we finish the race?
In every race there awaits a finish line and you must finish the race in order reach that line. After all, what God ever wanted from us is not to win the race but to simply finish it for the glory waits in heaven to those who endure the race of our lives.