I've spent the day today at my oldest son's track meet... 8 colleges, and a perfect day!
He's done well today - I am proud of him... for the results? Well, yeah - I'm a dad! :) But more importantly for the discipline demonstrated in his life.
So many illustrations from the Word come from track events... and I am reminded again that "no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but afterwards it yields a harvest of righteousness to those who will be trained by it."
The joy in the race, the thrill of a pesonal best, a win in a heat, friendships won along the way - not to even mention the great physical and mental condition - all are unavailable apart from discipline.
How thankful I am for a Heavenly Father who loves me enough to put me through training, difficulties and trials! What an encouragement for me to learn well now, and to increasingly "run the race with endurance."
BTW, all that aside, I'm glad I don't have to race my son anymore!