Running out of gas?

Go, Go, Go…

It is the pace of the world in which we live – it’s often the pace of my family and life too. And though many of the things are good and most of the activities are solid things, there is a precaution we need to all be aware of.

Will you run out of gas?

Now, I’m not a NASCAR fan, but in watching Sports Center the other night I heard about the Coca Cola 600 (2011). In that race Kevin Harvick pulls out the victory over Dale Earnhardt Jr. – who just so happen to run out of gas on the very last lap.

I found myself sad for him.

To go all that way, to be in the lead after all that distance and then to fall short.

I’m reminded that personally – the management of our own resources, energy and time is important to make sure that we finish well. So this Summer, may you have some time to recharge and refuel.

I’m reminded the same is true for leaders – we must manage our capacity and capabilities in order to finish well.

It also reminds me of the words of the Apostle Paul who tells us to run the race well in this life.

 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  ~1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Or the words of the writer of Hebrews:

 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  ~Hebrews 12:1-3

2 thoughts on “Running out of gas?

  1. I found this article refreshing to reflect on as I head into summer. With 10 kids, summer vacation in front of us, summer school for some, and a lot of activities in between…I can’t help but take from this article the need to be careful so that I don’t run out of gas.

    One thing we have adopted in our home is an energy meter. We fill up a glass of water and if it is full (chores are done, beds made, etc.) then we can go do something fun. If it is only half full (my wife and I are drained from doing the work ourselves) then we just relax and don’t do activities as planned. We learned this from the Love and Logic seminars for parents. It works for us…and makes sure we don’t run out of gas too quickly!

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