Life At Its Best: Who's on your pit crew?
By Jim Graff
Feb. 24, 2012 at midnight
Updated Feb. 23, 2012 at 8:24 p.m.
The Daytona 500 is an exciting event to watch. Race cars compete for 500 miles on an oval course, traveling at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour. It takes a lot of skill and expertise to maneuver these vehicles at such speeds, but it also takes a really good pit crew.
Every racer has a pit crew that tends to his car at the pit stops. These crews refuel and make the necessary repairs and adjustments so the vehicle has what it needs to finish the race successfully.
The apostle Paul often compared our Christian life to a race. Hebrews 12:1 says, ".let us run with perseverance the race God has marked out for us." Each of us has an individual assignment, a course that will take perseverance to finish.
That's why we all need a good pit crew. We need those necessary relationships that will help us go the distance. Why? Because every stage of this race requires us to have the endurance to move forward. And we all need those people who will help fuel, strengthen and equip us for the next leg of the race.
Like race car drivers, we all need a crew who will help us make the necessary adjustments so that we don't crash on the course ahead.
The apostle Paul understood what it meant to have a good pit crew. As an older minister in prison for preaching the Gospel, he wrote to the Philippian church, "For I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance." (Philippians 1:19)
Here, you could say that Paul is in one of life's pit stops. And in this place, he's drawing on important relationships to help him finish his journey. Who is Paul counting on? For one, he is counting on God.
The word used for help here in the Greek is the word we use for choreograph. Paul has watched God choreograph the events of his life to fulfill his plan many times before. He is confident in God's willingness and His ability to do it again.
Secondly, Paul not only believes in God, but he believes in himself. He recognizes that God desires to be glorified in his life. He knows that God will bring about his best if he'll continue to joyfully persevere.
Lastly, Paul is counting on the people God has connected him with. These Philippian believers had supported, encouraged and helped Paul make progress in the faith. He knew that they truly cared about his welfare as well as God's purposes being fulfilled in his life.
So who's on your pit crew? God wants to orchestrate the events of your life so that you run the path that He's prepared. He has people already set apart to help fuel your faith so you can finish strong. Don't give up. Your race is worth finishing.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.