We all have a race to run. A race to answer the high calling placed on our life. A race to fulfill the great purpose we were born with. A race we must run with endurance to receive the prize. A race we must finish with future generations in mind.
As a middle aged couple with ten grandchildren to brag about, my husband and I are more aware than ever the race we run before them. The stats and results of our race will be studied and talked about for generations to come; albeit a win or great defeat. Knowing this, we run to finish strong our “leg” of this relay event, handing off to the next generation that baton of great inheritance.
As in life, as in a 4 x 400 meter relay, you only get one lap around the track. That’s 400 meters, a mere sprint to complete the mission you were assigned. A mission mandating you to stay in your lane and not detour; focus forward and not look back, lest you trip. This is a relay where success or disqualification occurs in the baton exchange zone to the next “leg” waiting their turn to begin running;
a race for the generations.
As our Children’s children are a crown to the aged… Proverbs 17:6 (NIV), our reward as “silver hairs” nearing that exchange zone of the baton, it is our great desire that an inheritance, a treasure chest of our love, memories and wisdom for a Godly pursuit be passed into the hands of our second, third and generations to come. We want to leave a legacy written in the blank pages of our family Bible that cheer them on from the stands of their race:
…. RUN and not grow weary…Isaiah 40:31
…RUN with perseverance the race marked for you,
fixing your eyes on Jesus…
OUR GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES
By Lori A Alicea
May all the words you hear us speak,
May what your eyes can see.
The love we give remind you of,
No other one but Thee.
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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith….
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)