Watching the 10,000 meter Olympic race becomes a teachable moment when watched with your mom. My kids learned this Saturday morning. After 2 laps they all stirred having decided the Japanese team would win for sure. Then transpired a long conversation, 20 laps long, of race strategy. “Don’t be too sure”, I urged. I threw out definitions of pacing. The kids stuck around just to prove me wrong. The Japanese would win.
The Japanese women finished near the back with looks of agony and streaming sweat. The first place finisher blazed across the finish line with a huge smile having cruised to a strong lead in the last 5 laps. A 10,000 meter race elicited shouts and exclamations from the kids.
Sticking around gave me 20 laps to verbally ruminate on the spiritual analogies of racing, cheating, finishing, pacing. That’s what mom’s do, beat a lesson to death, and so I did that because that’s what I’m supposed to do.
Towards the end of the beating I realized I needed to see the 10k for myself. For my walk with my Lord. My race. The reminder to give it my all and plan for a whole lot of laps. I needed to feed my desire to finish strong and blaze across the line.