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The Amazing Race

Posted May 12 2009 3:50pm
I love the CBS TV show The Amazing Race. I've watched every episode and last night was the finale. I was so excited! Who would win the Amazing Race and the $1 million prize?

Would it be:
  • Cara and Jaime, former NFL cheerleaders
  • Tammy and Victor, brother and sister attorneys
  • Margie and Luke, the mom and her son who is deaf
Cara and Jaime were the first team with two women in the final three. Way to go, girls! However, Cara had a problem with impatience especially in dealing with taxi drivers who get lost or were too slow. Would they be able to work together and win the race?
Tammy and Victor are successful in the world's eyes. They're graduates of Harvard law school so they're both very smart attorneys. But could they overcome the dynamics of a brother who tends to be the powerful more aggressive leader while Tammy has a different way of relating?

I have to admit that I was cheering for Margie and Luke. I tend to go for the underdog in most races. Margie is 50 years old but very competitive and Luke is her son. He's had to overcome much in life with his deafness. But could they work together using sign language and show the world that deaf people can run an amazing race?

I learn so many lessons watching The Amazing Race!

To run the race you need to:

  • Pack lightly. If you're backpack is too heavy, it weighs you down.
  • Work together. It's called team work.
  • Be patient. Impatience only causes more frustration and then mistakes are easily made.
  • Think clearly.
  • Be persistent and don't give up.
  • Focus on the goal.
As I was writing these down, I realized how similar this is to Christians running the race towards our goal. Those same lessons can be applied as well.
  • Don't get weighed down with earthly possessions that so easily distract.
  • Help one another. After all, the Christian life isn't meant to be lived alone.
  • Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. As we spend time in the Word of God and prayer, His Spirit will manifest changes in our countenance.
  • Clear thinking is so important. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Don't allow the world to muddy your thinking.
  • Persistence is so important. Don't give up when things get tough. After all, Jesus said we should expect suffering in this world.
  • Focus on the goal; Jesus. Our real home is in heaven; we're just passing through this one.

Check out what 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25 says:

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."

On The Amazing Race only one couple wins the prize. And that winner was ...Tammy and Victor. Congratulations for running a great race!

However, I think each contestant learned something about themselves along the race. These are life long lessons and what they do with that is their choice.

We also have a choice as to how we run our race to the finish line of life. Will we focus on Jesus or the world and all it has to offer? He gives us a heart choice to make.

And by the way, I would love to compete on The Amazing Race. Since I hate to starve, would not wear a bathing suit on TV, and I wouldn't lie, Survivor is out for me. But running around the world? Now that would be fun and challenging.

And I know the perfect person who could be my team mate. This is my niece Kristin Sumstad. I think we'd be very compatible on The Amazing Race. She's smart. She's graduating with her graduate degree in Speech Pathology. She's a clear thinker. She's competitive. And she's got Norwegian genes ...the Vikings! And we love one another too.

So, what do you think? Are there any Amazing Race fans out there? What do you think of the comparison to our Christian race in this life? I can't wait to read your comments. :)

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