"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. 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. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air." (I Cor. 9:24-26)
I should not have lost my patience with those star school athletes. After all, they are just growing kids, and champion runners in their own right. I should have just considered the source, with respect to that prank they played on me at practice, of swapping the start and finish lines. Deep down they all are good kids, the cream of the crop, so to speak.
If I had just been on the ball, just maybe I could have turned the stunt into an object lesson. I guess I'm just simply burned out in my coaching career. Maybe I'll take that last vacation week after all, and then maybe consider retirement. But for now, I'm going home to rest up, leaving the kids to correct those start-finish signs on their own.
I had no more arrived home then I must have slumped down on my den couch. What happened next could have only happened in my dream world.
I suddenly found myself in the midst of a rather large open stadium, watching a track meet. What was so unique about this race was that all the runners were running in the opposite direction, from the finish line to the start line.
"This just can't be. Did my students also visit this stadium?" I asked myself.
Next, as if by divine direction, one of the running coaches broke from the group and came running over to where I was standing.
"I understand by the puzzled look on your face that you are at odds with this particular race," he spoke to me rather loudly.
"Well, yes I am. Why are all these runners running from the finish line back to the start line? Is this not unusual?" I asked.
"Not really, for all the racers are dedicated church goers. You see they know from experience that all blessings come from Heaven to Earth, from the finish line to the start line of our lives. So as Scripture tells us in (Matthew 6:10) "all things on Earth are done, as it is in Heaven." Like this particular Scripture verse, we must live our lives from Heaven to Earth, from the finish to the start lines of life."
"Furthermore, I see, by the expression on your face, my answer to your question is rather confusing to you. Especially coming from one coach to another, right?"
"So let me explain. I'm not only a secular coach, but also a heavenly coach. You see Heaven is not only above us, but is all around us as well. Just like running from the finish to the start of life's race, we should learn to live from the future. These runners have, so that's why the switching of running directions."
"Every problem we have is either answered in Heaven or here on Earth. In other words, we should all live as if the problem is already solved, by considering the solution before the problem. Considering what God has already done or has promised to do for us. Thinking from eternity's finish line, rather than Earth's starting line."
"You see, we are all in a battle; a battle of good against evil. (Ephesians 6:12).For the believer's enemies are the demonic hosts of Satan, always assembled for mortal combat. And in the future the battle will be won.(Revelation 19:20; 20:10) So don't live from the battle. Live from its future victory, as is directed in (Mark 11:24)," he concluded.
"Oh, I get it all now! We should simply start from the finish line of God's promised victories, and move towards the starting line of our everyday lives, much like (Hebrews 10:1)," I surmised.
"Yes, I think you've got it. I think you have learned the secret of living from the future promised finish line, from the divine principles, and from Heaven's future philosophy. Basically, it's by living the Spiritual principles of not living from the past or even from the present, but living from the future, from God's future finish line back to your life's starting line," he concluded.
And with those closing remarks, this coach just disappeared. So did the stadium. And so did the runners. It all just seemed to disappear, as I suddenly awoke from my dream.
I must have really been tired, as when I awoke I was lying there on my couch in my street clothing. And my first awakening recall happened to be how rude I must have been to those young athletes. I must apologize, next week at track practice. If I can still recall my dream, I'll use it as a positive object lesson with them, in hopes they will forgive me.
Now, thinking back on my dream. Now that I think about it, just who was that unusual coach? I just don't think he was in that school's physical education program. And if not, then what does that make him? Where did he come from? And how did he just happen to show in my dream world?
I know! I'll just go talk to my church pastor. He always seems to have all the Spiritual answers. However, before I had a chance to contact him, something very unusual happened. I must have really been burned out in my coaching.
I not only fell back in my sleep mode, but had a dream continuation as well. Is that not a rare occurrence? It was for me. However, as this second dream progressed, I happened to realize the one remaining detail that had been left out of my original dream, that being the identification of the mysterious coach.
This second dream carried me back to my gym office. And lying on my desk was a Bible. Not my normal Bible but Mom's old tattered Bible. And it was open to the following particular Scripture verse.
"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2)
Wow, I get it now! I guess that makes me someone special, to have such a visit. "Thanks Mom and thanks for leaving your Bible. I just don't know how you did it, but I'm certainly glad you did. I get the message now loud and clear."
"Pastor, Pastor, are you there? Please call me back ASAP. I really need to talk to you." Amen!
This is a rather unusual dream blog. It's main Bible point of contention I trust you were able to comprehend, "Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven." (Matthew 6:10) If you did, then it could possibly change your life forever.
You see, our Lord is for us, looking from eternity future, to eternity now, (Romans 8:31). By us looking from Heaven's perspective down to Earth, from the finish line of our lives, back to the starting line of our lives.
So start praying over our sin-sick world, over our church, over our families, over our loved ones. Keep praying over our lives and our struggles, fears and doubts. Simply praying for His will be done in all that we do, all that we do for His kingdom. Amen!
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