The Baton

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I like watching athletics on TV in particular the 4x 100 metre relay race. It tells me about being in the right place at the right time.

The team that wins the race is often the one who has run the fastest and mastered the art of releasing and receiving. If a runner doesn’t release the baton to their team member in the right zone, then that whole team will be disqualified. If the baton is released not quickly enough in the right zone, then a team can go from first to last because of a slow change over.

So what can I learn from this race?

Firstly, the book of Hebrews 13 tells of a race of faith that we must run with endurance.

Secondly, we must understand that there is a time and season for everything in life according to Ecclesiastes 3. Think about this… wouldn’t it be very strange if you saw a teenager who was still wearing a nappy and needing their parents to come and change them? Alarm bells would be ringing loud in our head that something is very wrong here. That is because our understanding of child development is that all children should move from one stage of life to another.

My last point is found in the 1 Kings 17. The first seven verses show us the importance of being divinely where God wants you to be. But from verses 8-17 we have an illustration of releasing what’s in your hand so that you can receive more. So it begs the question… what are we hanging onto that we need to release? You can’t receive from God if your hands are always full. He delights in blessing you.

So ask yourself this question… “What am I hanging onto in my life that needs to be released?”


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