The Race

1 Corinthians 11:1-2

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

Thought for the Day:  Our children can teach us much about sharing God’s love to those around us.

He did it! He ran! Our eldest son joined the cross-country team at his school having no idea what it entailed, but joined. He practiced with the team and he has, through time, realized how the proper equipment and hydration are so important. Through the past week, Nathaniel has not felt well with a terrible cold and sore throat and a part of him did not want to run the race because he knew it was going to be difficult. But, he went to the meet determined he was going to finish the race. Jonathan, his little brother, and I watched as the race started and walked to the finish line to see him cross. There were cheers for those running and we anxiously waited for him to cross the finish line. Then, there he was running his heart out as he finished the race. The pride that I had watching him finish his first race was more than I could handle. Awhile after the race, he and I were talking and I learned a deeper part of the race story. One of Nathaniel’s good friends from another school was also in the race – I didn’t even know it. He said, “Mama, Thomas* was racing today. At first, he ran past me and was running really fast then something must have happened. When I saw him a few minutes later he was having trouble and had gone to the side because his leg was hurting and he was saying he was letting his team down. I tried to stay back with him but a group came up behind me and I got pushed and felt I had to run on.” It ends up that Thomas* had been in a boot because of an injury and this was his first time running. My sweet son wanted to stay back with his friend to be with him as he continued to the end but got into a group and couldn’t get out. My pride for my son went from “I’m proud of you because you made it through the race” to “I’ve never been more proud of you!” I couldn’t even get those words out without choking up.

There are times when you see your children showing the love of Christ and it is overwhelming. It is amazing how God creates each child with special personalities and He makes each have special gifts. I am thankful for my child’s caring heart and I am thrilled to see him care for others.

Prayer:   God, thank you for letting us see you through our children. You have given them special gifts and we are thankful. Please help them as they travel along your path to become even more like you. Amen

Prayer Focus: THOSE IN A RACE

*The name of the other child has been changed

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