"It's A Rat Race!"
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1).
A Campus Crusade for Christ staff member in Orlando had a neighbor who worked at Walt Disney World, a huge industry in that area and where Mickey Mouse is king.
One day he decided to be clever, and he asked his neighbor, "What's it like to work for a mouse?"
The neighbor's funny reply was even more clever: "It's a rat race."
Has your life ever felt like a rat race?
Lori was struggling with this feeling. As a dedicated Christian wife and mother, she also held a part-time job and was actively involved in several ministries at her local church.
For the most part, she enjoyed her ministry opportunities. But during the past several months it seemed that no one appreciated her efforts, and she had even encountered some resistance from those she was trying so hard to serve. So she was feeling discouraged and tired, ready to "drop out" of her active service in the Lord's work.
If you have ever been tempted to drop out when life seemed like a rat race, let me assure you, you are not alone! Many of the Old Testament saints were tempted to give in to these pressures, too. But they persevered, and the apostle Paul wrote an entire chapter, Hebrews 11, to commend them for their endurance. Some call this chapter the "Heroes Hall of Fame."
Then Paul addressed you and me in Hebrews chapter 12, verses 1 and 2: "Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us" (NIV).
Paul considered his own life a race. In the Bible, at least, he never used the term "rat race," but there may have been times when he thought it, in ancient terms!
On one occasion he said, "I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me -- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace" (Acts 20:24. NIV).
May we all keep running in that glorious race, and persevere.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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