Posted by: Brad Beaman | June 18, 2009

Ride the Race set before you



Paul uses the image of running a race as a picture of living the Christian life.

1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

I think that Paul was using the best illustration available to him at the time. He says “Run the race that is set before you”, because the Tour de France had not yet begun.

Here are some of the reasons that I believe the Tour of France better illustrates the Christian life than a Marathon or running race.

1. Stages– Life is better illustrated by the stages of the Tour de France. Some stages are suited for sprinters, some for time trailers, others for mountain climbers or the breakaway specialists. When you finish the stage that particular segment is over. You can’t change it you start the next stage with a fresh start. Life is more or less a series of stages. There is High School, College, first job and on and on. Everyone has a unique set of stages but they are stages. You may even rest between stages. A summer between High School and college or other breaks between the stages.

2. Unpredictable and Dangerous– A Tour de France better represents the dangers of life. In a stage race of 200 riders it is pretty certain that at least one of them will fall descending a mountain and be airlifted to the hospital. In a recent stage race a rider was found 60 meters down the mountain from his bicycle. We all know how uncertain life can be.

3. Teams– The Tour de France is not an individual sport, but a team sport. On a cycling team you have domestiques who are there to work for the win of their team leader. On a team the members have different roles. Some are sprinters, others climbers, time trial specialist and a team leader. We have a work team and a family team and our roles may differ on the work team or in the family. There is the breadwinner and the homemaker.

What do you think? Do you have any more reasons Tour de France would be better imagery of the Christian life?


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