A bottle of milk has an expiration date. That doesn’t mean that the milk will magically turn into cottage cheese at midnight the day after the “Use By” date. Maybe it will go bad sooner; maybe later? But eventually it will go bad.
Life, like that bottle of milk, will expire as well. We are all destined to die. But just as you don’t leave your milk sitting out in on a hot counter, you should take pains to keep your life from expiring any sooner than it needs to.
Got life? Yes. Then take care of it.
In a cross-country race, everyone strives to finish in first place. But in Cross country, the best place to take is second–right behind the leader.
It’s not just Goths and Emo kids who seem to have a fascination with skeletons. Centuries ago, a fad for memento mori (remember you will die), images did a brisk business in skulls and bones.
Running with the cross in 2014 for a 5K. We passed the load from runner to runner. Jesus didn’t have a wheel.
Why do you Tune Your Heart? Why do you sharpen the saw of your mind, your body, and your spirit? Perhaps missions, formal or informal, provides your reasons. Imagine God calling you to the high altitudes of Peru and you having to say, “The spirit is willing, but the lungs are too weak!”
Sometimes the race defeats us. Strength fails and death–the first death at least–inevitably awaits. But even in mortal defeat, we have cause to sing. The victory is already won by our Savior. Sing His praise unending!
Out running a few weeks ago, I heard this song by Rich Mullins. Although I had known it for years, the power of the words had never hit me until that day.