The Greater Race

A man was running in a race that he had run in many times, but never won. Today, he was running second with only a lap to go. He knew he could win this time as he was gaining on the lead runner with each step.

Moreover, he was right, for it was only a few steps more and he was passing the lead runner. The race was his this time; he would be the winner. At that moment, out of the corner of his eye he noticed the runner he had just passed, fall to the ground. The race was his for sure now. He had it won.

Nevertheless, he knew of a greater race within himself that he didn’t want to lose either. As the crowd watched in shock, he stopped running and turned back to help the fallen runner who had been running to win also.

He helped the surprised runner to his feet and together they jogged to the finish line. The crowd applauded as both runners came in last, knowing the greater race had been won.

An opportunity we have on life’s journey is to help others along the way.

The following two blogs are worth reading.

“A Butterfly Looks Back”

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Categories: attitude, Christian, encouragement, faith, family, friends, hometown, hope, inspiration, Love, marriage, memories, Reflections | 7 Comments

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7 thoughts on “The Greater Race

  1. Beautiful story…


  2. How generous to give encouragement to these bloggers/blogs. My husband loves the “little guy” movies…well, I guess a lot of people do, that’s why the come from behind, little guy wins in the end themes are so popular. Nice story (whether true or not) to remind us that it’s not the win that counts, but how you get to the finish line.

    Thank you!



  3. Oh yes… and the last will be first!


  4. pattisj

    Is this based on a true story, LeRoy?


  5. I have seen this done once with my son at a Special Olympics race. He didn’t care really about winning. He was just glad to be in the race. He is such a caring compassionate soul. I know I could learn a lot by watching him. Thank you for sharing this story.


  6. Likewise @workmomad. Thanks for helping us out in your post. May God continue to bless you and your family :D.


  7. I like your story, and really, really appreciate your putting in the link to my post. Thank you very much!



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