A few weekends ago, a marathon runner in Northern England was stripped of his 3rd place medal for cheating. This runner decided to quit the race at the 20 mile mark and boarded a bus; however, as the bus rolled up to the finish line, the runner had a change of heart and ran through the woods to rejoin the race, finishing in 3rd place.
Race officials became suspicious when times showed that he ran the last half of the marathon faster than the first half. When confronted with the discrepancy, the runner initially laughed off suggestions that he had cheated, but several spectators noted they had seen him riding on the bus and running through the woods. He finally admitted to cheating and was stripped of his medal and the rightful person was awarded his medal.
The Bible says, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”(Hebrews 12). The metaphor of life being a race is timeless. There are many turns in life’s race: Some moments you may feel like your life is an uphill stretch where everything is difficult. Other times you seem to be coasting with faith, family, friends and finances running peacefully. At different checkpoints in life, you might feel like quitting and don’t think anyone will notice. In your race, you may receive honor and praise or you might work hard but someone else gets the glory. I am not sure where you are today, but what I am sure of is that you should run your race—run the entire race—and run it to the best of your ability. After all, there are no short cuts!