Your Own Race

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My ears perked up when I heard the name Brandon Hansen coming from the TV because my maiden name is Hanson. I stopped whatever I was doing at the time and watched the men’s 100 meter breaststroke. He was the only American swimmer in that race and touched the wall in third place to win the bronze metal. He came out of the pool beaming with joy.

When asked how he swam the race, Brandon responded with honest enthusiasm and said “I just did what I have done since I was a kid. I just went after it and swam my own race”.

He is the oldest member and captain of the US Olympics Men’s swimming team as well as a very happy guy. He added to his comment, “This will be the shiniest bronze metal you have ever seen”.

It will go down as one of my favorite interview of the games.

It reminded me to:
1). Remember why I started
2). Run my own race, not anyone else’s
3). Treasure the moments of triumph and keep them shiny.

Jordyn Weiber’s own race looked radically different than she imagined it would but her champion’s heart pulled her through. She shined yesterday and nailed each routine she presented. It was wonderful to see the gold metal placed around her neck.

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Pic: From left: gold medalists Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross, all of the U.S., after winning the gold medal in the women’s artistic gymnastics team finals at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, July 31, 2012. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

And congrats to Michael Phelps on claiming the title of the most decorated Olympian in history.

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Pic: Heinz Kluetmeier/SI

Just like Jordyn and Michel did not know what would happen at the Olympics, we don’t know in our own races will look like. However, it is your race. It was Michael’s race- no one else could swim it for him. He had to get back in the pool after he got the silver and go for the gold again. Nobody could tumble for Jordyn – she had to do it herself. She had to deal with the crushing disappointment of the day before and go on to give it everything she had.

Run your own race today.
Nobody can do it for you.
Recapture the joy of when you started out.
Treasure the moments of triumph.

Remember: you have a entire stadium of saints who have gone before you cheering you on. You have a Savior who ran His race to the finish and claimed his prize- a relationship with you. He is sitting at the right hand of God waiting to greet you with a gold crown when you cross your finishing line.

Until you cross that final finish line – RUN YOUR RACE.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:1, 2 NIV)

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