Tuesday, November 1, 2016

a race to LOVE

Jesus said...
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Luke 10:27

Senior year of college... Star runner and Team Leader of  the Cross-Country & Track team... unable to compete all year due to a serious injury... finally cleared to run the last race of the season... excited and mentally ready to finish strong. And, then...

Above is a glimpse into the preparation and mindset of Evie Tate this past weekend.  As she rounded the curve, 20 yards from the finish line, running strong, she encountered a situation that halted her - momentarily.  Another runner was down.  Stopping to check on the runner, she quickly accessed the girl had (in runners' term) "hit the wall". 

Without hesitation, Evie attempted to carry her to the finish line.  Still recuperating from her own injury and with the weight of the fallen runner, she struggled. Fortunately, another runner joined her and together the three crossed the finish line. Three runners from three different colleges on the  same field competing for the same prize, yet locked arm-in-arm, and united in a greater cause -- one of human compassion, respect and love. No records broken, no medals earned, but one Father honored and glorified by His children.  It's the good Samaritan story, with a modern day twist: loving our fellow neighbor/competitor as ourselves.  I think many could prosper from this story, don't you?

 Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10:36-37

 God's blessings to you, Evie Tate. May your servant's heart inspire others.  You  certainly inspire me and have from the day i met you in elementary school.  Thank you.

"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:1-2 

The race is on.  Let's keep our eyes on the One who lights the course we need to take. By doing so, we can help bring others to Him.

we are loved and chosen by God, 

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