By Alejandro Oviedo – Director of Walk Thru the Bible Central America
Translated by Marnie Quezada Williams
An athlete’s performance does not only depend on his physical condition. It also depends on the type of terrain where he exercises, weather conditions, and the attire he might be wearing, among other factors. Nowadays, many sportswear companies invest in technology that allows them to manufacture more athlete-friendly clothing. Hence the elaboration of magnetically charged sportswear. While the athlete is working out, his body is constantly surrounded by a magnetic field. This provides for better oxygenation of the blood and decreases physical wear-out, therefore enhancing the body’s energy reserve throughout a competition or resistance event.
This makes me think about what the Bible says in respect of the attire a Christian must wear for the race of life. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked for us.” (Hebrews 12:1).
Upon the beginning of a new year, it seems opportune to me to examine our lives in light of the passage above. It is a calling to tenaciously resist the countless nooks of life. Because we don’t always run through valleys. Sometimes we have to climb up steep situations which make us run out of breath. Other times we go down dark plains where fear causes us to skip a few beats. And other times we may jog through woods where wild beasts wish to devour us.
We need the attitude of a winner if we are to steadfastly run through the different scenarios of life. We must advance with determination even when the odds are against us. Remember we must be highly motivated to reach the goal with the satisfaction of having run with persistance. Though we may stumble sometimes, let us dry our tears, dress our wounds and press on towards the goal. Like runners, we must remain motivated and focused on the goal. A Christian must fix his eyes on Jesus. He must be our greatest motivation.
How do we do it? Ask yourself, is there anything preventing me from moving forward in my race? Let us not enter into a new year with dead-weight in our hearts. Let us strip ourselves of all which keep us from reaching the goal. It may be people who influence us in a negative way, a job that interferes with our walk with God, a deal which stains our holiness, a romantic relationship that is destroying us, an addiction which has become our escape, to name just a few dead-weights. Make the words of Apostle Paul your own, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV). Let God be your number one priority this new year, and by doing so, you’ll make pressing on toward the goal your greatest accomplishment.
Alejandro Oviedo is the regional director for Walk Thru the Bible Central America. Alejandro and his team work in a region in the midst of economic and political crisis. Honduras is recovering slowly from the 2009 Constitutional Crisis and resulting coup d’état. Increasing poverty levels, as well as political and social instability, define Central America. As a result, the traditional family unit is changing. The rates of teenage pregnancy, divorce, and child abandonment are rising at an alarming rate. Alejandro and his team are dedicated to reversing these trends. Using radio programs, live events, and partnerships with pastors and church leaders, they are committed to making God’s Word accessible and relevant to everyone throughout the region. Go to www.caminatabiblica.org for more information.
Alejandro earned a degree in General Medicine and worked as a forensic physician for the Public Ministry of Honduras. After serving in this capacity for nine years, he felt a deep need to serve God. He had been thinking of broadcasting a radio program focused on family values and decided to pursue his dream. A busy schedule of counseling, lectures, and preaching soon followed as well as the opportunity to earn his Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology. Alejandro is currently studying towards a degree on family counseling. He has served as the regional director since 2002. Alejandro and his wife, Luisa, have three children: Alejandro, Laura, and Ana Lucía.