We all run, all at different paces, but it is important to know & remember we are in a race.
It doesn’t need to be a rat race.
Consider this day, as i did,
Who am i really running for?
Am i distracted by those running next to me, by the crowd, by one of the coaches or all the above?
Are my eyes fixed on the goal?
The summer Olympics is coming up and each athlete will do their best and their results will be measured by what they did in the months or even years of day to day moment by moment training, practicing & disciples they put into preperasion.
Perhaps their loyalty and deservance of being considered a Winner can be determined in their state of mind & character more then just their physical ability.
Paul, no stranger to the 1st & original Olympic games wrote,
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize?
Run in such a way that you may win.
Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things.
They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;
but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NASB
Also remember & identify with Paul,
Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead)….
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?
Or am I striving to please men?
If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:1, 10-10, 12 NASB
A great audio that may put this into perspective is-
“How to Put First Things First”
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And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
Luke 16:15 NASB
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10 NASB