Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Race

picture of runner's legs at the starting line (The Race brokenbreadandsmallfish.com)
Muscles tense
senses alert

who will win?

Me? 
or some else on my team?

I want the win.
But

what if
I come in first in this race
but my team doesn't place - 
someone fell behind
or didn't finish.

Did I win?

I want the win
but

what if
I don't come in first
but run the race
in such a way
to help my teammates finish
better than they would have
or at all

Did I win?

What would the coach say?  
                                                                                         (Eph. 4:12-13) 
                                                                                         (John 15:12-13)




Linking up with Velvet Ashes at The Grove where the theme this week is "Compete"
Read also: Contented Competing

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8 comments:

  1. I love how you worded this! likening it to a race... so true!

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  2. Love this, Michele. Such good questions . . . what is winning?

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  3. Yes! Our team was talking about this very thing on our retreat in January. The speaker remarked: "Sometimes the most effective way to reach the finish line is to dawdle." It's our relational pace that matters- not our speed! We are in this together. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. oh, I love that line, Kelly! The most effective way to reach the finish line...dawdling. :-) I think we tend to forget that we're in this together and let our insecurities and our desire to be "the winner" make us forget that we need to work together helping each other - the team.

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    2. and that if we don't finish together as a team - we don't finish - or we don't win.

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  4. Thank you for helping me think about winning really means!

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