We’re starting the last lap!
The mile comprises four laps of the athletic track.
Once the gun goes, the first lap is usually quick. Adrenaline and expectation are high. Some folk go out too fast. Others work hard to keep up with the pack. A few people—not many—seem to have wings on their feet.
Laps two and three require discipline and strategy. Runners have to make adjustments, find their pace, and settle in—or risk fading at the end. This stage of the race requires mental toughness. It takes alertness and concentration. That’s been us for the last three weeks or so!
The final lap becomes the dash to the end. Eyes are on the clock; minds are on the finish line. The body feels the pain and drain of three laps, but the race is often won or lost in that last 400 meters.
It’s a strong analogy for our Lenten fast.
How was your first lap (10 days)? How have the last two laps been (20 days)? Will you finish strong or fade in this final stage (10 days)?
We’ve got just 10 days of fasting left in Lent. 30 days are behind us!
“Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses [in the heavenly realm]…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus….” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Father, I’d like to finish strongly—not to honor my own efforts but to honor You. Please grant me the grace today (and this week) to finish well. Fix my eyes on Jesus. Come Holy Spirit. Amen.