by Ken Toczyski

Throughout Kentucky, this is Derby Season. It is a time when many people in the Bluegrass state associate Roses more with running than with gardening, and when thoughts of “3-year-olds” do not bring to mind pictures of a pre-school nearly as much as a saddle and stable.

If a person looks back a few years they may find hundreds of people who had a colt that they thought could make a run for the roses. But as the months wore on, that number got much smaller. Injuries and illness eliminated a few, but in some cases the animal or it’s owners just did not invest the time and resources that were necessary to take part in the 2 most exciting minutes in sports.

Did you know that racing in different forms has been common for 1,000’s of years? The apostle Paul even used a race as a picture of the Christian life. “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate (self-controlled ) in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable (eternal) crown. ( I Corinthians 9: 24-25)

What the Apostle is saying to us is to keep training. Exercise the spiritual disciplines of praise and prayers to God each day; Be Lifted up in regular fellowship with others who seek to be followers of the Living Christ, and maintain a regular diet of reading the Bible and Christian writing.

As we do these things we will grow in our strength, knowledge, and endurance, and we will run the race effectively.