“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1
I’m not an advocate of gambling associated with professional horse racing, but I have always been intrigued by the races. Especially the Kentucky Derby with all its fanfare. It is referred to as “the fastest two minutes in sports.” Last Saturday’s Derby didn’t disappoint! I was encouraging American Pharaoh from the edge of the couch. It was an exciting two minutes!
Every year, horse breeders from around the world compete to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes to earn the Triple Crown. In order to be the champion you have to win all three races in a single season. Every horse owner, trainer, and jockey will do whatever they can to increase their horse’s chance of winning.
In horse racing people carefully analyze the odds of each horse to predict a winner according to their winning history, race track conditions, etc. Thankfully, for the horses, they are oblivious to what people are saying about them. Racehorses have been trained to the race with their eyes clearly focused ahead.
You and I, unlike a racehorse, tend to allow our lives to be swayed by other people instead of by God. We have to shake off distractions that come our way, because those distractions can hinder us from running the specific race God has chosen.
Recently, I read about a the 1946 Triple Crown champion named Assault. When Assault was a foal, he accidentally became injured by stepping on a stake. As a result, his right front hoof was deformed. He was tagged “the Clubfooted Comet” because of the awkward way he walked. But when he ran he was an amazing spectacle.
Like Assault, we may not appear to be anything great at the moment. However, that doesn’t mean we are destined for an average life. What will set us apart is our ability to keep pressing on despite the odds.
There’s an inner drive within a racehorse that propels them to run. Likewise the Spirit of God propels us to stay the course when we feel like quitting. Regardless of the odds or how difficult the race becomes we must keep running until our race is complete.