1” Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)
Breaking News: On the heels of the recent news conference, announcing his release from the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Peyton Manning decided to go for broke and announced he will be turning down the numerous offers pouring in as the most coveted free agent, and instead will be pursuing a second career in the NBA. Through his agent, Manning released a statement:
“I have fulfilled my dreams these past 14 years as Quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. As much as football will always be my first love, I feel I have other talents that I need to share with my fans. I’ve always admired professional basketball players and feel that I have numerous skills to offer. I hope my football fans will fully support me and the NBA team I join. I’ve always said, “I wanna be like Mike!” Thank you.”
A video was also released to scouts of potential NBA teams that showcase Manning’s basketball prowess. There are rumblings that the Cleveland Cavaliers are eager to snap up this new talent in the hope that Peyton can revitalize their city after LeBron‘s damaging departure. We all eagerly await further news as this story unfolds.
*Note-Peyton Manning is in the green sweat pants in this scouting video.
*****This breaking news is in no way true or accurate. It is simply a story I created to share today’s devotional. Although I think Peyton Manning would do well in any sport he pursued, I fully believe his talents are best served in the NFL, and wish him the best of luck as a free agent.********
I know the above “breaking news” is incredibly ridiculous to any football fan who has seen Peyton Manning in action. I use it to help illuminate today’s Scripture. When most of us read the well-known verses from Hebrews 12, we tend to focus on the perseverance and endurance aspect. What I want to draw attention to is the words in verse 1, “the race marked out for us.”
Usually we read these words as a general reference to life. However, I think we need to read it in the understanding that God has not only set our feet on a path, but on a particular, unique path. As we run the race of life, we should be running in our chosen lane. When we begin to veer into another runner’s lane, peer up ahead to see who is in front of us, and wish we could be running like the leader, we often stumble.
We were reminded yesterday that God created each of us wonderfully and unique. We each have our own measure of talents and purposes set before us. When we compare ourselves to others or try to be something or someone we are not, we dishonor the gifts God has given us. We shouldn’t try to run our race in another runner’s lane. We shouldn’t try to run faster than we are able or slower than we should. Some of us are sprinters, some of us are built for distance, and some of us walk or stroll. Each of us “run” the race as God designed us. We are at our best and reach our highest potential when we persevere on the unique course set before us.
While Peyton Manning might really have some hidden basketball skills that surprise us all, it is obvious that he has been given a gift to play football, and be an upstanding man dedicated to bettering life and lives around him. I think that he is running his race in the correct lane, focused only on the path that lies before him. If we could all be so well-trained!
Day 13’s Daily Step is to take a short inventory of the tool (gifts/talents) that help you run your own race. Make a list of 3-5 things that you are great at, and at least one thing that you are passionate about. How do these things help you train and run your race? (For those of us who find it difficult to admit we are good at something….think hard and don’t worry about appearing arrogant. There is a difference in knowing, appreciating, and honoring your gifts, and of boasting in them as your own doing.)
God, we thank you for creating us to be unique and made with a good purpose. Thank you for giving us gifts to help us run our own race and doing so with your guidance, wisdom, and help. Help us know we are special, loved, and able to do great things when we remain in Your love, and let it flow through our lives. Help us stay focused on our own lane as we run the race set before us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Loving Others Unconditionally
- Planning, organizing, and leading events
- Playing softball
I am passionate about sharing my heart, love and empathy for others, and God’s grace, through my words. I hope to help bring God’s love and restoration to the broken.
What’s on your list?
Hope to see you for Day 14.