What you have in common with a Norwegian skier
You're on the start line at the Winter Olympics. 30km of cross-country skiing lies in front of you. Much of if it uphill.
You’re nervous. You're the favourite. The pressure's on.
And the worst thing happens.
After only 200 metres, you're down. Face against the snow. Before you know it, the rest of the pack is out of sight.
What do you do?
Down but not out
Many would have thrown in the towel. But not Simen Krueger when it happened to him last Sunday.
No sooner as he was down, he was fighting to get back up on his skis and in the race.
In minutes, Krueger had caught up with the back of the pack. Within an hour, he made his way past sixty-six other competitors to take the lead with just 6 km to go.
When he crossed the line to take gold, there was barely another competitor in sight.
The Christian life is a race. A long and tiring race.
Nearing the finishing line, Paul described it like this:
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 4:6-8)
Sure, the race is often hard. Sometimes we will get knocked down. Sometimes by our own sin.
But when we’re face down in the snow, our first thought should be to get back up.
Because, although our race is hard, it’s one that we can finish. And because of Christ alone, it’s one that we will win.