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An Inward Look

John is an actor, writer, and entrepreneur interested in the search for truth and meaning in the world.


Know you not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain. 1 Corinthians 9:24

In the heat of the day, a contestant races toward the finish line. He rides on the wheels of fortune. His feet churn the pedals of hope in expectation. For although a multitude is competing in the race, there can only be one winner. Therefore, the contestant purposed in himself to prepare and win the race long before it ever started. To reach this day, he knew that the race required many sacrifices. So, he discovered the training routine of the champion of the ages in a sincere desire to obtain discipline, character, and victory.

In the morning before anyone arose, he endured the course champions. While others relaxed, he meditated on the prize. In the midnight hour, he denied himself pleasure to insure readiness for the race. That preparation produced an athlete of splendid conditioning because, throughout that training period, he eyed the prize and carefully watched over himself to guarantee readiness for that one moment of glory. However, on this day he relaxed his routine and failed to make his usual equipment inspection. That omission would later cost him because he had forgotten to close the bike’s valve stems. As the race concludes, he sees others pass him by in large numbers. Knowing that if he does not speed up, the race is lost, he starts to exert more energy to regain the lead. With his body throbbing in pain and heaving for breath, he falls further behind. He does not realize that his tires have been slowly losing air since the start of the race.

The sun has set and the darkness begins to reign. When he approaches the finish line, he notices that everyone has left. He will receive no prize today. Knowing that his sacrifices are now empty, the man wonders how he lost the prize. “Did I not train and forgo all forbidden acts?” he asks himself? But, he is unable to find the true reason for defeat. If he had only examined his bike during the race, he would have seen the demise of his pursuit. Thus, instead of capturing the crown of triumph, he is found an outcast.

© 2021 John Remington Pierce

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