Be a Wimp

Jim Coyle

"If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me."  Acts 20:24

On October 16th, Indy Car driver Dan Wheldom was killed in a 15-car crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The race was the last of the season and had a $5 million prize for the driver who won.  Some experts say that because of the number of cars, including many inexperienced or impatient drivers, racing on a 2-mile, high banked track, this race was a recipe for disaster.  Driver Danica Patrick, who was not involved in the crash, said, "I was really nervous coming into the race, and why is because I knew as a driver that we were going to be put in the position to decide to be flat-out and possibly be part of something like that, or look like a wimp and lift.  But you know what?  I lifted a little."  Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon saw the drivers were starting to do "crazy stuff" and fell to the back of the field.  Because these drivers saw the warning signs around them, they avoided being knocked out of the race.

We may never drive a race car, but we all are part of the race of life here on earth.  As we take part in this race, we must keep in mind that the prize for completing it is eternal.  Are you caught up in the things of this world and not yielding to the feeling that something is wrong with where you're at?  Are you going "flat out" and not paying attention to your spiritual surrounding?  It's easy to get caught up in what society says we should be doing, but when we find ourselves going this way, we need to "lift a little" and fall out of the pack.  Go ahead and join Dario, Scott, and Danica - be a wimp, it's better than the option of going "full throttle" into a disaster.

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