Eye on the Finish Line

Evangel – Fall 2011

Keeping PACE

I was watching a video online the other day that showed a couple friends running the 100 meter hurdles at a school track meet, which really got me thinking. Having participated in high school sports I get a little nostalgic when watching sports as I remember the days cheering on my peers and having them root for me in the same way. Nostalgia quickly turned into non-stop laughter as these two managed to trip and fall on every single hurdle. Both of them tumbling, scraping their knees and hands, but managing to get up just to repeat the cycle on the next set.

As funny as it was to watch, these two bumbling hurdlers inspired me with their persistence. Thoroughly embarrassed, complete with scrapes, scars and bruises both on their shins and to their egos they finished the race.

As Christians we are in such a similar situation, just a slightly bigger scale. We are given a goal and we are told that we will hit some fairly major roadblocks on the way. God gives us a challenge to be His disciples, despite the roaring laughter from the crowds and the inevitable hurdles that arise every few meters. He also gives us a promise that if we keep our eyes on Him and finish the race we will come out with a prize beyond anything we could ever imagine.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

– 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18

Michelle served as the PACE and Admissions Coordinator at ABC and is currently on pregnancy leave.