365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I want to empower each of us to “Get on our Marks, Get Ready, Get Set, and Go” conqueror the issues of life! Many of us have been to track meets or have seen them on TV and heard the announcer say, “Get on Your Marks, Get Ready, Get Set, Go” and then the gun goes off. Well, this is how we need to approach life. If you have ever watched the Olympics, you have seen men and women from different countries in one straight line on their Marks, Ready, Set, and then they take off (Go) when the gun goes off. They all are running the same race, and striving to achieve the gold, but it is important to understand that each are in their own lane, looking straight ahead, not worrying about the next runner, but focusing on running his or her best race. If we want what God has for us, then we must stop worrying about what God is doing for those on our left and right and just be glad we are on the track. We must realize that although each runner is running the same race, they all have not had the same training. Some may have had the same trainer (meaning teacher), but different training because their lives are totally different. There are culture differences, their body make-up and mental capacities are different, and the everyday challenges they face are different. So, it would be impossible for them to be trained the exact same way for the same race with all these differences. In order to receive the proper preparation (meaning training) to not only run the race, but to endure (meaning last, make it, persist, suffer) to the finish line with hopes of achieving scores that will put them in the right position (meaning placement) to receive the gold, their training must be unique (meaning designed just for them)!
Now, I know there are other medals, the silver and the bronze, that can be achieved. But in spiritual terms, at the end of God’s race (the race that you and I are on), there are only gold medals at the finish line because God only gives the best! And what I love about God, it does not matter what number we finished, but how we finished. Did we finish with character and integrity, remaining faithful to God? In the end, will we be able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7)? When we understand that we are not running this race on our own strength, but on God’s strength alone and come into the knowing of His providential care, we can accept the fact that it is not about the swiftness of finishing the race, but how God lines everything up for us according to His timing and His way. The scripture tells us in Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NLT) that “the fastest runner doesn’t always win the race” but Matthew 24:13 (NLT) says, “but the one who endures to the end will be saved”. This scripture confirms that whether we finish first or last (meaning we stuck it out to the end, did not give up no matter how much we had to suffer, no matter how hard it got or how long it was taking us), we made it and received the same reward from Christ, salvation, which is the gold! We did not cheat, did not hurt anyone along the way, maintained our character and integrity, and guess what, we made it!
WR2W, let us keep in mind that when we are striving to achieve the gold medal that God has purposed for our life, we will need to “Get on our Marks, Get Ready, Get Set, [and] Go with the 4P’s!!!
Number 1: “Get on Your Marks”
- Pray – develop a prayer life; MEDITATE!!!
Number 2: “Get Ready”
- Prepare – write our vision and make it plain (clear), ZONE IN!!! (begin to focus)
Number 3: “Get Set”
- Plan – develop a plan of action (how will we accomplish these goals?), FOCUS!!!
Number 4: “Go”
- Persevere – endure to the end, DON’T GIVE UP!!!
I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
On My Mark, Ready, and Set to Go!