Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Sheba is getting old; she walks slower and seldom runs, and she loves to lie around and sleep a lot. If she were human she would probably complain that life has become boring and meaningless, with her only pleasure coming from pleasant daydreams of the past or from the love and attention of her family. But the other day Sheba developed a new interest that revolutionized her attitude. There are lots of rabbits around our home and Sheba has pretty much ignored them for the year we’ve lived here. On this morning, she stopped and stared—for a long time—not moving, hardly breathing—at a rabbit. And the rabbit was watching her pretty closely too, ready to bound away if Sheba so much as blinked! Finally, curiosity got the better of her and she made a quick move toward the rabbit, but surprise, surprise; it didn’t just sit there and wait for her; and the chase was on. Suddenly her whole body was infused with a new purpose; she just had to chase that rabbit. Where did it go? She knew it was on the neighbor’s patio, but how could she get to it? Straining on her leash, her eyes bright with excitement, her cute, curly little tail wriggling with anticipation; she was like a puppy again, with a whole new goal in life.
Do you ever catch yourself sinking into monotony—content to lie around and sleep, or to sit and watch TV, or to do whatever it is you do when you’re bored and have no sense of purpose? Have you ever considered just sitting still and waiting on God for a while; then getting up with a renewed sense of energy and purpose as He takes off in a new direction and your desire is to chase after Him?
If Sheba could get to that rabbit next door, just think of the fun she might have continuing the chase. And remember the hidden joys that God has waiting for us if we persevere and follow him to the next adventure. Then when we come to the end of our lives we can agree with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)