New year a good time to ask: Are we running our best race?

A few months ago, I saw a very odd sight along Wooley Road in Oxnard. A man in a jogging suit was running alongside the road and had what I initially thought were two-pound hand weights in each hand. When I took a second look, I saw they were not hand weights but bunched stalks of celery that he was pumping up and down as he ran.

I am not sure I understand why he was running with celery stalks. I tried to think of all the possibilities. Maybe he gets hungry as he jogs and that was going to be lunch at some point. Maybe he was a gleaning farmworker. Maybe he couldn’t afford weights and improvised, but then I thought there were so many other things he could have used that would have been more effective and manageable. There is just no good explanation for this odd behavior that I could come up with on the spot.

As I think about life though, I wonder if people examining our behavior would see things that do not add up or make sense. As we’re running along trying to do things that are beneficial for us, are we carrying things that are completely unnecessary, uncharacteristic or utterly ridiculous? Is there a real purpose for the things we carry?

January is the month in which we examine our life and figure out what we want to improve on, change, transform. We make our New Year’s resolutions based on our findings. It is a time we trim things from our lives that are unnecessary.

A wise man in Ecclesiastes 1:14 wrote, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

As we run our race called life, are the things we do beneficial, or do we feel like we are just chasing after the wind? This is a good question to ask ourselves as we try to decide what to change in 2013 to make improvements.

We can run our best race with a piece of solid advice from this passage: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down and so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

Run your best race, and may God’s presence be the strength and sure foundation of your life!

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