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I recently watched a video of a race between a senior tortoise and a young hare. Given the physical ability of each animal, the race started as expected as the hare immediately took the lead.

As the hare continued to advance toward the finished line, the hare was distracted by the sight of flashing lights and the crowd of observers. Although many of the observers were cheering for the hare, the loud noise only slowed down his progress.

After each pause, the hare attempted to go move forward and quickly ran toward the finish line but continued to get distracted by crowd of viewers, which ultimately caused him to fall behind. The senior tortoise that walked the entire race, slowly walked to the finish line, gaining the lead and winning the race. The following are three points that I learned from watching the video:

1. Don’t allow your “perceived” limitation (education, age, experience or past mistakes) to prevent you from entering the race and competing to win. Despite the tortoise physical limitation, his advantage was his ability to focus and persists, which aided him in winning the race. Philippians 4:13

2. The important component of any journey is completion. No matter when you start your journey or and how fast others finish, no race can be won if you don’t continue until the end. Ecclesiastes 9:11

3. Don’t allow observers to slow you down. The hare was distracted by observers, which ultimately cost him the race. Remember, observers are not competitors, they have nothing to
lose. Don’t get sidetracked by observers, and lose your reward for people who are not in the race. Keep enduring to the end. Jeremiah 1:8

Many Blessings,
Lady Johnson

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 KJV

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11 KJV

Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 1:KJV.

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