Anita Agers Brooks

The Big Race

Nostrils flared, eyes bugged, while clouds of dust rose from impatient hooves. The feisty thoroughbred bent her regal head in a failed attempt to nudge the gate open. Her hot-blooded demeanor quieted as the Jockey calmly held her reins and whispered gentle encouragement in her ear.

Finally, the bell rang, the gate lifted, and she shot out like a pent-up cannon ball. Her spirited gait promised bold results. Her agile movements belied powerful muscles honed to skilled perfection. At the right moment, and at the Jockey’s urge, she extended her stride in the home stretch. Her eyes fixated on the finish line before her, ears attuned to her Master’s call, and the two blended into one, as her nose touched invisible tape.

The crowd’s shriek of pleasure generated a momentary blaze of energy. Her coat shone with perspiration, and her breathing came in loud snorts as she felt the familiar pull of the reins. In seconds, her gallop slowed to a canter, and then a trot as she was skillfully guided toward her rightful place, the winner’s circle. A wreath of brilliant hues graced her long neck.

The Jockey leaned down and said, “Good job girl, I knew you could do it, let’s celebrate,” and she nodded in delighted acceptance. This filly was born to race, born to finish, and born for victory.

This picture paints an image for the Christian writer. This may seem like a daring statement, but like the thoroughbred, we are meant to be hot-blooded, agile, bold, and spirited. We are bred to win.

But thoroughbreds are impatient. 

The length of time it takes to build endurance while writing can feel excruciating. Like a thoroughbred chomping to fly through the gate, we can’t wait to get started. We’re called after all. We know it. So why won’t God raise the things that block us from running The Big Race?

In my experience, these areas can hold me back:

  • Thinking my training is complete when God doesn’t.
  • The inability to see danger ahead, although God can. He protects me from future harm. 
  • When my enthusiasm supersedes my ability, making me a danger for others.
  • Being stubborn. Having an unteachable spirit prevents me from obeying the commands of my Jockey.
  • When my blinders prevent me from seeing hindrances I need to remove.
  • Running on the wrong track. I can write my heart out, but writing on the wrong subject or for the wrong publication, keeps me from winning the right race.

I’ve had those moments when I felt like giving up before the gate lifted. When I questioned whether writing was worth the effort. When I wondered if I was meant to write, or if I’d just imagined it.

But you can’t win if you don’t run. So I listen to the Master’s voice instead of my discouragement. At the last hour, the gate is lifting, ever so slowly while I snort — The Big Race is about to begin.

Do you ever feel like giving up? How do you overcome discouragement as a writer? How might the StoryWriting Studio help you?

Hebrews 12 (NIV)

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, ….

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri with her family.

Contact her via www.freshstartfreshfaith.org or anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

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5 thoughts on “The Big Race”

  1. This biggest obstacle for me has always been fear. And it’s a battle I still face constantly. But I’ve learned that where fear raises its head–that’s usually the direction that I need to go. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Tim. 1:7 NLT).

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  2. Btw, great metaphor, Anita! You can really take that example a long way. For instance, are we the horse or the rider? And, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Also, isn’t there a saying about “beating a dead horse”? You’ve got me going now … what a powerful word.

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    1. Thanks Karen — I think you’re right to question whether we are the horse or rider. I think those positions change sometimes, don’t you? One thing’s for sure, running the race set before us is never boring. What an exciting thing to go on adventure with our God. He keeps it interesting!

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  3. Thanks Anita, What a powerful analogy. My biggest problem as a writer is just seeing myself that way. My insecurities have always been a problem with my writing. Feeling as those someone else could say it better. But, I think for me it is comparing what God has called me to do with what God has called others to do. Our gifts are ours, they do not belong to anyone else. God delights in blessing His children. I have to remain faithful to the call and go only where he leads me and learn to rejoice in the ministry of others.

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly Pam. Sometimes our insecurities threaten to keep us behind the gate — God’s spurs have pushed me through many times when I felt like cowering in the corner. Thankfully He sees the track when we’re afraid to venture out.

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