Full Speed Ahead

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from man, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
—Hebrews 12:1-3

I first entered the glass doors of Chapelgate as a lost and confused sixth grader. Many of you did the same; others had similar experiences in different schools. The next seven years of your life —those spanning middle and high school— are a period of transition. When you enter those doors, you are a child; when you leave them, you are an adult, ready to step out into the “real” world.

You do a lot of “growing up” in those seven years. As a child, you hated going to bed; now, you can think of nothing more inviting than going to sleep -- but you have to stay up to finish typing your English paper. You begin (hopefully) to see school as an opportunity to learn, not just a six-hour-a-day obligation. Your life takes off on a fast and furious roller coaster of academic responsibilities, social events and extracurricular activities. The theme of this year's yearbook —full speed ahead— exemplifies the extraordinarily fast-paced life of a highschooler. There is truly never a dull moment. The phrase brings to mind pictures of race cars and tracks —images that were used in this book to reinforce the idea of racing to the finish line to accomplish the goal and reach the prize.

But what is that prize? What are we striving for? Consider 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.

We are running in a race. We are on earth only for a short time. While here, we try to bring glory to God and live a life that bears witness to Him. And when we complete our time here, we will receive the prize —a crown that will last forever. What a joy that will be —to stand before the throne of the King of Heaven and hear Him say, Well done, good and faithful servant!

The most important thing is to keep your focus. If we have our eyes fixed on Christ, we will never stray. He is the only way to the kingdom of Heaven; He will help us to run the race and to win.

May God bless each of you. Full speed ahead —further up and further in!

Photo: Drive-By Leaves - Bear Run, PA, October 2004

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