The Daytona 500 is one of the highlights of the year for race enthusiasts. Although not a huge NASCAR fan I found myself riveted to this year's race, cheering on a local favorite and celebrating with glee when he took first place in the closest race in Daytona's history.
As believers we are in a truly amazing race, one full of adrenaline rushes, pit stops, and even an occasional spinout. Our journey of faith is one that is never dull, so long as we walk hand-in-hand with our Savior and live in obedience to His Word.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV).
One day, after we have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith the Lord himself will award us the crown of righteousness, which is laid up for us and for all who have loved His appearing (2 Timothy 4:7-8). No trophy or winner's circle can surpass the joy of entering into our Lord's presence on that day and hearing Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21).
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