The Race

           Talladega Superspeedway is located on the property of the former Anniston Air Force Base. Bill France bought the property in the early 1960’s and opened the race track on September 13, 1969. Mr. France spent $4 million in building the track which is 2.66 miles long with a seating capacity of 175,000.

            NASCAR may not be your choice of entertainment, but millions will watch or listen to the race that will take place this Sunday.  This race will play a big role in deciding the championship for this season. Great honor, in the NASCAR world, will be bestowed upon the winner and a huge amount of money will be won by the driver and his team.

Some whom I know use their vacation time from work to follow the NASCAR circuit; some will set up their schedules to ensure that they will be able to watch the race on TV; others will record the race so that they may be able to witness every turn. Again, the NASCAR life may not be for you, but for some it is their life.

The Bible speaks of a race and Solomon said that the race is not always won by the fastest. We know that, because most of us have seen the fastest runner lose the race.  The fastest car may not win the race at Talladega: it may be involved in a wreck; it may have mechanical problems; any number of things may keep the fastest car from winning.   I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

Paul said of a race that all who enter, enter to win; but only one will win. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain (I Corinthians 9:24). Each car on the track at Talladega represents an untold number man hours necessary to prepare a car for the race but only one car will be allowed into Victory Lane.

The Hebrews writer also wrote of a race, the Christian race. It is a race which is not dependent upon time and chance; it is not decided upon who has the most support and money and it is a race which all who enters may win. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

In the scheme of eternity it does not matter if we enjoy and participate in NASCAR or not. But in the scheme of eternity our participation in the Christian race makes all the difference. Let each of us determine that we are going to participate in and win the Christian race.

                                                                                                Tim