Can you ever win the rat race?
Wikipedia defines the rat-race as,
“an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit.”
In all my years, I’ve never met someone who has won the rat-race, have you?
As a competitive guy by nature, I prefer to win when I compete. Why do we then compete in an unwinnable race? Is it because everyone around us is competing and we’ve been told all our lives that we need to run it too?
The Rat-Race vs The Christian Race
At more than one time in my life, I’ve wrestled with those soul defining questions,
“Is this all there is?”
“Is this what I was made to do?”
“How did this happen to me in the first place?”
It’s funny, but no matter how successful we become, it seems like these questions continue to linger on the forefront of our mind. Wherever we look, whether it’s when we turn on the TV, scroll through social media or read an article, someone is promoting how to achieve a better life.
How to become more successful.
How to make more money.
How to have more time.
It’s easy, as Christian men, to become confused on what God’s plans for our lives are, verse what the world think’s our lives should be. Does the Bible still speak guidance 2000 years later? Did God really foresee dual income families, rising costs, increased work stress and late nights at the office? Do biblical values and principles still have a place in 2019?
I’m still convinced they do, but we must be more vigilant than ever as we purse God’s will.
How do I Quit Running?
As a business owner myself, the number one reason a person fails when promoted is that they keep performing their old job and never fully embrace the responsibilities of the new one. They would rather remain in the world of comfortable and predictable instead of embracing the new challenge.
The same can happen to us as men of faith. We may call ourselves follows of Jesus, but our words, actions and attitude never change to reflect our faith.
If the rat race is an unwinnable race, what would happen if we stopped running? What would happen if we begin making life decisions not based on our career ambitions but on our faith? Remember what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25,
“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.”
Don’t become like the rat in Simon and Garfunkel’s eary 1966 hit Patterns, “Like a rat in a maze the path before me lies and the pattern never alters until the rat dies.”
What would happen if we began to spend our time and energy seeking out God’s desires for our life? Do you think he would meet you there and reveal the right race to run, the race you can win? Try it today.
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