LGD 133: Life’s Amazing Race

bicycle riders racing over cobblestones - black and white

This year has certainly been memorable – COVID, economic uncertainly, unemployment, and the election.

bicycle riders racing over cobblestones - black and white
Photo by Simon Connellan on Unsplash

If you were going to write a novel, the plot would thicken with every page turn.

Life is one of the best novels we will read, write, and participate in. Over our lives, we experience highs and lows that are unique to us.

I love the show The Amazing Race. The adventures and challenges get tougher with each season. As I was watching this season, I thought about our life’s race.

There is a beginning – birth, and there will be a finish line (eventually) – death. However, the question that nags at me is what am I doing with the in-between?

Some refer to the in-between as your legacy. What will you leave behind, or what will you be remembered for accomplishing?

Martin Luther King, Jr – Civil Rights Movement

Neil Armstrong – Walking on the Moon

George Washington – First President

Granted, these are famous figures in history, but before they were who we know them for, they were ordinary people like you and me.

God calls us to be extraordinary because we are made in His Image. Our lives will be filled with joy and sorrow, but it is how we let God use us that will define our legacy.

Years ago, I heard a story of a young woman who suffered a stroke in her apartment as her baby slept nearby.

She and her husband were living the California dream, until that fateful day.

This young woman was surrounded by prayers, God’s grace and mercy, and one of the best surgeons in the world.

After a lengthy surgery, she lived and has one of the most powerful stories ever written or spoken.

Her name is Katherine Wolfe, and she shares her remarkable story in a book titled Hope Heals. Her doctor’s name is Dr. Nestor Gonzalez, which means “wisdom, homecoming, remembrance, and seeker of miracles.”

There certainly was a miracle done that day she came into the hospital.

Life’s amazing journey, you think your whole life is ahead of you, and then something that happens that alters your race. How you respond to it is your legacy, your story.

At the end of my journey, I want to declare,

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

2 Timothy 4:7

How do you want to be remembered?

The legacy we leave behind should be filled with stories of God’s amazing grace and mercy.

Our race is still being run, and it’s never too late to course-correct. The best part is, if you don’t like the direction you are headed, you can make a U-turn.

What’s your story, and how will you finish your race?

Prayer: Lord, please help me to run the race that honors you. Thank you for guiding my story and my race. Thanks for your grace and mercy. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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