Sunday 2-24-13 The Few

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Iditarod is fast approaching, and as I think about the activity happening this week, I am amazed at the level of training that has gone into each and every dog on the best teams.  I am humbled at the difference in the level of consistency, commitment and STRIVING that comes from professional dog mushers in comparison to myself.  They aren’t free to simply take a day off when they’re tired or busy or when the weather is bad or the snow isn’t great.  That’s what “big time” training is all about!  You must prepare your team (and yourself) for all matter of conditions you may run into in the race.  You don’t want your dogs to have never run in a blizzard before or slept on a trail or be handled by Veterinarians or performed for hours and hours with only short rests.  They wouldn’t perform well in the race (in the trial) if they weren’t introduced to the conditions and taught how to run in them beforehand.   They need the training, and it must occur consistently. 

Professional Dog Mushers are a very hearty breed, able to push through pain and fatigue, independently problem solve in all sorts of conditions and overcome fear and despair in all sorts of dangers.  The more I do with my little team, the more I RESPECT and am in AWE of the “real drivers”!  Thinking about the seriousness with which these Iditarod mushers approach their training astounds me!  There are many recreational mushers who run their dogs when they can or when the conditions are perfect.  It’s easier then and honestly, more fun than running in the rain!  We often leave the hardest work to “the professionals”, either by choice or necessity.  We all aren’t gifted in the same ways physically or financially to be able to chase after such a goal as Iditarod.  There are very very few who strive after the lofty goal of completing the 1000 mile Iditarod Race, and even fewer who strive to win it!  There are few who are able to STRIVE that hard, for that long! 

This comparison between professional and recreational mushers reminds me again of how few will enter through “the narrow door” into eternity with Christ, as I wrote about Friday.  May we STRIVE with all our might, and all the Grace of God, to enter through the “narrow door”, by God’s design.  After all, that goal is far loftier and  infinitely more valuable than anything on earth. 

Matthew 7:13-14, 22-2313 Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.  14 But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it…21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.  22 Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name?  23 And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].

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