That day did not go as I had planned. The lesson I learned can save you from a lot of guilt and stress.
This was a special day because my girlfriend was in the stands. Well, she didn’t know that she was my girlfriend, but I knew. That was all that counted.
Maybe winning this race would turn my dream romance into a reality.
When the starting gun went off, I took off like a shot. After the first turn I was ahead of everybody. At a quarter mile I ran out of gas. I tried to keep going but it was impossible.
My stomach sent a message to my brain. The sandwich I had eaten earlier in the day didn’t want to run with me anymore. Before I knew it, I was kneeling on the infield grass. The sandwich came up first, followed by a pizza I had eaten a week ago, and finally a jar of strained peas I had eaten when I was a baby. I am sure the girl was impressed.
I have never forgotten the lessons I learned that day.
- The first person out of the blocks is not always the first person across the finish line
- An effort to do your best may take you further than an effort to best everybody else
- Pace yourself
- Finish well
“…Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)[reminder]