Two runners prepare for a marathon. One prepares by racing over
down the highways and byways every day. He exercises,
legs. He runs further every day, building endurance.
The second runner prepares by sleeping two hours extra each day.
He eats a
lot and does nothing strenuous to upset the condition he feels
he is in.
The day of the marathon race comes. The 26.2 mi. course lies
just ahead of
the runners at the starting line. The gun goes off; the race
guess who wins? Of course, the first runner who has done the
right kind of
Two Christians prepare for a difficult time ahead. The first
day praying and communicating with God. He follows David's
committing to his memory the most helpful portions. And he
with the Spirit, adhering to Paul's suggestion.
The second Christian reads the Bible, but only on Sunday morning
church. He prays, but only when he is at church or with the
mealtime. And he thinks the preacher is right when he talks
filled with the Holy Spirit. He hopes his children will someday
with the Spirit like he was when he was a youngster.
Then trouble strikes. The first Christian was prepared. He
difficulty in stride knowing God will help him through every
aspect of it.
Peace soon attains a column, assured, and deserved victory. The
Christian panics. He lashes out at God, at church, at friends,
He doesn't know what God expects him to do. He doesn't have the
of the Word in his heart. He doesn't have the help of the Holy
"friend who sticks closer than a brother." In desperation,
all other means of help, he remembers to cry to God for help.
In time, God
helps, because God loves ... And He hopes the man has learned a
The first Christian wins an easy victory. The second wins an
prolonged victory that could have been so much easier.
My friends, which Christian are you?