Blog Title: Running the Race
About Me: My name is Timothy. I’m not much of a writer, but some friends of mine have blogs, so I started one to keep in touch.
Intended Audience: Paul, Barney, Prisca, and Aquila. And anyone else who cares to take a look.
(Would Barnabas go by Barney?)
Sun of Encouragement: Illuminating God’s Glory
The Road to Damascus
Happily Ever After
Recently Paul wrote to me-
Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops (2 Timothy 2:3-6 NIV).
This passage illustrates why Paul is an amazing writer. He really knows his audience. God has gifted him with keen insight and the ability to relate principles of Christianity to our everyday life. And as a result, Paul successfully converts non-believers.
Of the three, the most interesting metaphor to me is the athlete. While neither Paul nor I approve of the Olympic games being held to honor the Greek god, Zeus, we can’t help but be impressed by the participants. So impressed that after witnessing a foot race during the Olympics, we were inspired to try running ourselves.
At first, we only did short sprints. Eventually we would run for several miles at a time. During these longer runs, Paul and I rarely engaged in conversation. We were concentrating on the road ahead and each pounding footstep. Once when I glanced over, I caught Paul smiling. It was contagious.
Something about the movement of our bodies, the quickening of our hearts and the heaviness of our breath, caused a feeling of extreme well-being. We shared a deep appreciation for the human body. What an amazing gift God has given us!
It wasn’t long before Paul connected the act of running with the act of being a good Christian. After Paul pointed it out, it seemed obvious. I find myself using the comparison a lot now. I used it as the title of this blog as a reminder that every challenge thrown in my path is a chance to exercise my faith. Like a muscle in the body, faith gets stronger when it is tested.
And just as God equipped us with a body to train for running a foot race, he has equipped us with the tool we need to train and strengthen our faith.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV).
During the course of my race, I will spread God’s word, teach, correct, and encourage the racers beside me with patience and careful instruction. In every twist and turn on my course, I will turn to God for guidance. Racing forward, one step at a time, eyes straight ahead, focused on one goal – to finish the race with God at my side.
I never considered doing a blog for Paul (aside from guessing at his title) because there is no need to speculate on what Paul may have blogged about; the New Testament is filled with potential entries.
I decided to do a blog by Timothy for two reasons: Paul’s running metaphor delights me; I enjoy writing about exercising our faith.
For now, I’ll call it complete, but only because soon it will be Sunday and I will not stumble this late in the challenge.
I’m sorry I got behind. Tomorrow afternoon I should have plenty of time to catch up on all of your blogs!
Blessings to all and wishing you a beautiful Easter Sunday.