Something few people know about me is…that I enjoy watching the Tour de France. I find the endurance required to complete this epic bike race incredible. I find the scenery gorgeous. I find the time spent watching with my husband to be perfection. For those in the know, the race concluded in Paris yesterday, with Chris Froome winning after over 3 weeks of racing across France and over both the Pyrenees Mountains and the Alps.
I enjoy listening to the commentary, and so often I see truth that applies to life, not just bike racing. I particularly enjoy listening to Bob Roll. I find him a bit folksy and very down to earth. A few days back he made this comment about a racer who had been facing a difficult day that included a crash and injuries, “It’s not how you race when you feel your best, often it’s about how you race when you feel your worst.” These words really resonated with me. Maybe, because I have been facing more difficult days for the past two months and appreciated the reminder.
The christian life is often likened to a race. We as Christ followers are called to run the race with both endurance and perseverance. This is not as difficult on the carefree, painfree, stress free days. However, when life becomes difficult and trials come our way, it is a challenge. Our true person and faith are revealed during these times. As in bike racing, the true test of our faith is not in how we race when we feel or are experiencing our best, rather in how we race when we are feeling or experiencing our worst. When we are being refined, do we resign or shine? My prayer for myself and each of you is…that we shine regardless of our circumstances and race with the finish line in mind!
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
2 Corinthians 4:17