“Reluctantly crouched at the starting line,
Engines pumping and thumping in time.
The green light flashes, the flags go up.
Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup.
They deftly maneuver and muscle for rank,
Fuel burning fast on an empty tank.
Reckless and wild, they pour through the turns.
Their prowess is potent and secretly stearn.
As they speed through the finish, the flags go down.
The fans get up and they get out of town.
The arena is empty except for one man,
Still driving and striving as fast as he can.
The sun has gone down and the moon has come up,
And long ago somebody left with the cup.
But he’s driving and striving and hugging the turns.
And thinking of someone for whom he still burns
He’s going the distance…”
Do you recognize those lyrics? It’s the beginning of Cake’s song called “The Distance.” It used to be one of my favorite songs because of the song’s funky style. You need to check it out, but beware… the chorus WILL get stuck in your head. He’s going the distance…He’s going for speed…
This morning, I was flipping through pages in my Bible, just looking around, and I noticed something. The theme of endurance is all throughout it. Romans 15:5 even calls God the “God of endurance and encouragement.” Here’s part of that passage starting in verse 1:
“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up…that through the endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus.” Romans 15:1-2, 4-5
Sometimes we can be like the man in Cake’s song. Someone may have already won the cup in a worldly race, but we must keep on with endurance for the reward that we have in Heaven with Jesus Christ. (See 1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
Let’s yearn…. Let’s go the distance