When does the status quo become a bore to you? When does the same routine day in and day out become monotonous and you finally say that enough is enough? It has been said that the only constant thing in life is change. I couldn’t tell you who said it, why they said it or when, but it definitely rings true. Life is a series of hills and valleys, ups and downs, periods of joy and sadness. Have you ever watched the Olympics Track and Field competition? I don’t mean the 100 m or 400 m, hurdles or high jump; there is an event called the Steeplechase. It is a 3000 meter race where each lap has four barriers and one water jump at the back-end of it. Each runner has to complete 7 laps, meaning they have to clear 28 barriers and seven water jumps. The barriers do not fall over if the runner hits them and they are able to get over the barrier by any means; stepping on top of them, jumping over them, however they cannot negotiate them by going around them.
The athletes have to focus on what is ahead and be aware of the other runners in relation to where they are. Life is just like the steeplechase; we are all running the race together and face some of the same obstacles and barriers in life, but each of us approach them differently. In knowing where you are in relation to others, you may be inspired by the way that someone else prevailed and choose to try your own variation of their method as an alternative to yours. However, you cannot pay too much attention to the other runners. You cast sideways glances at them and know that each of us runs our race at a pace. We focus too much on the circumstances and situations in our lives, when we should be more concerned with how to surmount them and move forward in life. How can you effectively run this race if you are so busy worrying about the person in the lane next to you or 3 lanes over? How will you see the turn ahead if you are telling the ref how to do their job?
Stay in your lane, run the race that God has placed you in. The race is different for all of us; we have different barriers to navigate and various difficulties to overcome. At each turn a hurdle presents itself and if we stop at the issue, the problem, the situation, we will be left behind in life. We will be unable to get to the end goal, the finish line, where God waits with our laurels, our crowns and the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant”. The same blockade may present itself more than once, but look at it as maybe you didn’t handle it right the first time. Instead of trying to go around it, face it head on. You may have to climb instead of jump; Step on and over, using it as a platform to catapult yourself forward, rather than vaulting over it. I stay in my lane and use God’s Word to face my fears and to bring me through. Maybe someone will cast a sideways glance during their race and see that my plan for overcoming, prayer and devotion to God, may help them.
Blessings and Happiness