April 19th is Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts holiday. It was celebrated on Monday with the Boston Marathon. Mother nature, the Lord’s chief meteorologist, turned the heat in Boston up to 90 degrees. I prayed for my friends and all who were trying to run there.
“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 vs. 24& 25)
Growing up in Boston we celebrated Patriots day. That gave me two choices to write about today; Paul Revere’s ride or the Boston Marathon. There is a similarity and it is not direction!
The marathon involves over 20,000 participants, one lady and one male will make a six figure pay check and be declared winners. As many as twenty others will receive appearance money and have a good pay day. The majority will receive personal gratification, be the recipient of a great engine for their body from their training and recognition for a great effort. That is all they want. They do it out of the passion that endurance runners have and the feeling of accomplishment.
In 1775 Paul Revere and William Dawes raced out of Boston with a message that the British were moving out. Their message to the people of greater Boston was the call to arms. Unfortunately, Paul did not get very far because he was picked up in west Cambridge by a British patrol. However, he did get the poem named for him, I guess William Dawes did not rhyme as well! They were both on a mission to benefit humanity, both were unselfish and both are American heroes.
Life is not a sprint. It is a marathon. We need to race it and live it with our eye on the ultimate prize that is promised through our faith
Thought for Today: For today let us focus on our race for the prize. Let’s take a step closer to perfection.
Prayer for Today: Dear Lord today we pray for the safety and success of the many who ran in Boston. May they be blessed with fitness and great memories.