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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Encouragement (02/23/12)

TITLE: The Last Lap
By Carla Procida


ďCome on, you can do it!Ē, the crowd roars with one voice while doing a perfectly synced wave around me. Here I am, ahead of so many runners yet behind just as many; though it matters not who is ahead or behind, only that Iím headed towards the finish line. Yet I think to myself, so close and yet so far away as sweat pours down my forehead, blurring the view of the taut yellow tape yet to be broken. My legs burn since beginning this final lap and I feel as if I have but a few breaths left in my lungs. If not for the crowd cheering me on I would have given up long ago and must be careful still not to block out their voices by my own doubts that rival to be heard and drown theirs' out.

And though it seems to be a newsworthy ďunderdogĒ story, mine is not much different from the others running in this same race. Before this race we were all a ragtag bunch of unqualified, out of shape nobodies, orphans in fact until miraculously adopted by a Father whose sacrifice qualified us not only to run this race but to fight the good fight! At first I thought it impossible and myself unworthy to trod the same ground as some of the great runners before me. Gold medalists like Abraham, Moses and David (not that Iím a name dropper or bragging). For you see, thereís no partiality with our Father, in fact He loves the whole world, giving every human being the very same opportunity he offered us.

Though I feel as if Iíll die before completing this last lap considering I see my life passing quickly before me. And even though in the distance I hear of wars and rumors thereof, that is not why I know the finish lineís not far away. Itís what I see much closer, even closer than our seemingly failing government and financial system. Rather itís the very grass my feet pound upon and the flowers that feel the breeze as I run past them. For I see myself in each green blade and colorful petaled face, here today only to to soon fade and be gone tomorrow.

This last lap of this race has proved to be so much more difficult to run than the first one, although I should have expected it. When I began the race I remember feeling only the gentle morning sun and the cool breeze against my face and the cheering crowds only added to my ďhighĒ. I realize now that it isnít the beginning or even mid-way in the race that we so desperately need the encouragement but rather more so to accomplish what matters most....enduring to itís end.

Thank God the crowd is still cheering me on but more importantly is my Fatherís own words I hear loud and clear, reminding me Iím not alone and that His Son is continually interceding for me. For what He has me begun by dying on the cross and shedding His blood and by His resurrection the same shall see me through to the finish line. The end, where awaits the coveted, unmerited prize and glorious crown Ö..Jesus, my Savior and Lord!

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C D Swanson 03/02/12
Great job with this piece. Lovely story, well written and beautiful ending.
Thank you.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/03/12
I enjoyed this clever analogy. Life is definitely like running a race. How wonderful it will be to see Jesus at the finish line,
C D Swanson 03/08/12
Congratulations! God Bless~
Martha Black03/09/12
The lessons shared in this piece are strong and needed by all of us that are in the same race, seeking the same prize. Praise God that the strength is not ours, but His. Good job!