THE KID FINISHED STONGER!
It was an interesting run at the Parkrun on Saturday when a kid finished stronger.
As we started the run, I noticed a boy of about 5 or 6 who was in the group with his dad. I was wondering who would bring a 6-year-old boy out to a 5 km run. I expected that he would crumble at some point during the race.
As we started the race, I saw the kid shoot forward and heard his dad calling out to him to slow down. Throughout the race, I noticed the kid would stop a bit at the insistence of his dad and then continue his race. I was amazed that after passing the halfway mark, he was still in the race and going strong!
The last lap saw me run past him and his dad then I started my homerun. My brother and running coach Min Ayo Olusanya (https://ayodelefitter.com/) came to run alongside me and started mumbling, ‘common push harder and don’t let him pass you’. This statement made me look over my shoulder. I was certain there was no one within reach as I gave a good amount of margin to the set I passed.
I felt even more comfortable in my run. I got this! The finish line was now less than 10 seconds away and there was a big cheer. There are usually several encouragers who cheer at the finish line; but this cheer was much more than usual. As I got to the end, I noticed that there was a little shadow run ahead of me! The little boy had finished stronger and got a place ahead of me. When I looked over my shoulder, I didn’t notice him because he was too small to be in my view.
As the boy ran ahead of me and finished, I collapsed into laughter as it was such a funny scenario. I thought I had overtaken the boy and his dad, yet the kid had this strength to push and finish stronger. His pressing on to the finish line reminded me of the scripture that says
THE WORD OF GOD!
‘I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.’ Philippians 3:14
‘Pressing on to reach the end of the race to receive a prize’ took on a new meaning for me. This got me thinking about our Christian race and the need for us to always be vigilant as well as push all the way to the end to not just finish but to receive the prize that our God has for us.
In all honesty, if I had seen the little boy, I would surely have pushed a bit harder to finish ahead of him. I know that sounds wrong…but I am honest and competitive enough to identify the fact that I could do that.
Finally, on a more serious note, God has a prize ahead of you, do not get too tired nor let any distraction take you away from what God has planned for you. So, receive grace and keep at it.
PS: Have you read this blog post? You will love it! https://mentoringplatform.com/solution-for-unseen-challenges