Running the Good Race


Abraham Lincoln once wrote, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

In addition to power, I would also include fame and wealth.

Think of all those beautiful, bright-eyed young people from middle-America who attained cinematic or musical fame and then drifted into lives filled with alcohol, drugs and broken marriages. There are many temptations in the high places. As one example, because of reasons best understood by psychologists, many young women seem drawn to the rich and famous as moths to a flame; and the outcome is often equally destructive. As Henry Kissinger once said, “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”

I deeply admire men like George Washington. He had it all, yet he could walk away from it. Some luminaries of screen and stage also demonstrate that sort of character, but the numbers appear sadly small; or perhaps the more notorious sinners get all the press.

It may be that I was fortunate not to reach the high places, and I have not been tested so deeply. Even so, I am a sinner and have fallen far short of the mark God set for me.

Pray, let us keep our eyes on the goal. We must run the good race. Let us do justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with our Lord.

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 12-1b

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