Running the Race

Lynn | Thoughts & Reflections | Monday, August 4th, 2014

I am not sure why we often hear the same message several times without it having any significant personal meaning and then all of a sudden, a light bulb moment comes over us.  My recent light bulb moment came while I was running up a hill in my most recent attempt to reestablish my cardio-fitness regime.  The success of that goal aside, I must count the effort a success simply because of the light bulb moment.

While chugging up the hill I was reminded of Biblical instructions to “run the race” in life and “finish strong.”  Having run a few marathons in the (distant) past, I always thought, “well right, that makes sense” but I never felt any personal application other than in the context of running.  But those phrases, combined with the message at church about taking a breath, saying a prayer, and plunging forward in sharing the Gospel resulted in somewhat of an epiphany for me.

I confess I became born again at 45, far enough along that I thought about all of the wasted opportunities with which I had been presented in my life. My son Rhys, on the other had became a Christian shortly after we enrolled him at Woodcrest Christian School. By the time of his senior retreat before graduation, he was deeply and forever rooted in his faith. That he was called home to Heaven by age 20 seemed almost like waste; most certainly a tragedy.

But I thought about the “race” and “finishing strong.”  Rhys was responsible for bringing his dad and me to faith.  He was responsible for bringing many others in the military to faith. He lived his faith every day.  On the day he was killed in Iraq, he and his battle buddy switched seats in the truck.  His battle buddy was thrown clear of the truck when the IED hit. As it turns out, I believe that was God’s hand, knowing that Rhys’ buddy was not a true believer and still needed time on this earth to sort that all out.

Rhys ran his race and he absolutely finished strong.  I am sure he heard the words, “well done, good and faithful servant.”  Rhys ran his race in 20 years.  I am still running mine and I confess, I’ve been jogging, not running.  Then it occurred to me that God’s timing is always perfect and His grace is boundless.  It does not matter if you started the race late, as I did.  It does not even matter if you take a few side detours off course on the way.  The part that really matters is finishing strong.  So as I ran up that hill, I realized that is my target; share my faith, step out on a limb, don’t be afraid of failure or ridicule.  The goal is to finish and it is God who sets the time we finish, whether it is 20 years or 60 years or even 100 years.  You are never first or last in God’s race.

It is never too late to start.  Just focus on finishing strong.



Account Executive at Sika Sarnafil
Lynn is an accomplished writer and business professional with a BA in English, an MBA, and JD degrees from prestigious Universities. Lynn has worked in the construction industry for 35 years.

She is also the mother of an American Hero. Her only child, Sgt. Rhys W. Klasno was killed in action on "Mother's Day," 13 May 2007 in Haditha, Iraq. Read her American Hero Tribute Blog and check out her Roofing Solutions Wonderkid Blog

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  1. Unable to sleep tonight, my youngest is not yet home@ 2:35 AM…. I come across this blog post. It is beautiful Lynn. Thank-you

    Comment by Cindy Talbott — August 4, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

  2. Lynn. We crossed paths so many years ago, working together at the phone company. One day you came up as a possible friend and I sent you a friend request and was so glad you accepted so that I could see how an old friend was doing. I was so saddened to read of your great loss, my deepest sympathies to you my old friend. I hope you don’t mind that I read your blog, it has inspired me to reconnect with God as well. Your son sounds like he was a wonderful man, son, christian and soldier. My love to you and yours.

    Comment by Joanne — August 5, 2014 @ 4:11 am

  3. Thank you for your post. Thank you for your sacrifice and your witness. May God continue to bless you!

    Comment by Judge Wilde — August 6, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

  4. I think of Rhys often, and will always be in my memories, I considered him a friend and will always
    remember his sense of humor even in the most bleak of times.

    Comment by mark christian — September 19, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

  5. thank you so much for remembering Rhys. His Dad and I are so thankful for hearing from the people he touched. Many blessings to you.

    Comment by admin — September 19, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

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