On August 21st and 22nd, 2010, Copper Mountain Ski Resort hosted the first Warrior Dash in Colorado. The 3¼ mile obstacle course included
- Climbing over junk cars and trucks
- Climbing a pyramid of hay bales
- Using a rope to climb over a slanted wooden wall
- Stepping through tires
- Running up a hill that rose 1000 feet in elevation in ½ mile
- Crawling through a mud pit under barbed wire
- Crawling through a tunnel that sloped uphill
- Jumping 4ft walls – 4 in succession
- Climbing a cargo-net-covered 15ft wall and back down the other side
- Crossing through a creek
- Walking a plank across a gulley
- Leaping over 2 fire pits 5ft apart
Each contestant paid up to $75 to be challenged by this grueling Warrior Dash. And each one who finished the race was given a fuzzy brown helmet with fuzzy white horns that made one think of a Nordic buffalo.
One of the “warriors” was a firefighter, a girl in excellent physical condition.
She started strong. Over the vehicles, the hay bales, the wall with the rope, through the tires, up the steep hill, through the mud pit and the tunnel. Then she ran out of steam. Another contestant came up from behind and spoke to her. “I’ve been following you the whole race. There’s no reason to slow down now.”
Together they jumped the four walls, climbed the 15ft wall on the cargo net, waded the creek, walked the plank, jumped through the fire pits, and finished the race. All for a fuzzy brown helmet with fuzzy white horns that makes one think of a Nordic buffalo!
When I heard the story, I was impressed by its parallel to the spiritual race we’re all running. We enter at a price – it will take our all to finish (Luke 9:23&24). And we face many obstacles. Sometimes it seems that we’re crawling, and climbing, and struggling our way through. There may be mud and water and fire – and temptation to weariness in well-doing.
Paul tells us to run that we may obtain the prize – an incorruptible crown (1 Corinthians 9:24&25)! And he encourages us with testimony that it can be done! “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. There is laid up for me a crown – an incorruptible crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:7&8).
James writes that when we’ve endured our temptations and trials – our obstacles in this life-race – we’ll receive a crown of life (James 1:12).
Jesus said that he who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13). Endure, in the Greek, means to undergo, to bear, to carry, to stand, to stay, to remain constant in hardship.
Find your Bible and read these verses in your version: Hebrews 10:23-25.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised; And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
- Hold fast, hold firmly to your faith. Stay the course.
- Consider one another. Understand by closely observing. Watch over and out for one another on this course.
- To provoke – to encourage one another, to sharpen one another during the race.
- Exhorting one another – to urge forward, persuade with encouragement to stay the race. This word in the Greek is very similar to the word for the Holy Spirit and is then translated in the King James, Comforter. The Latin for Comforter is Con Fortis – to come alongside with strength!
We assemble together in groups to study the Word, to attend the house of God, to come along side each other offering strength. We’re to observe each other for signs of when strengthening is needed, to encourage each other to keep the faith, to stay the course, to finish the race. We love each other into the kingdom and to the crown!
We all know the Scripture verse in Galatians 6:9 that assures us that we’ll reap, we’ll win, we’ll wear a crown – if we never faint, if we never give in!
And we know of Mr. Churchill’s speech given to his people under fire during WWII: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty – never give in…. Never yield….”
And we know the precious old hymn lines: “Some through the waters, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood. Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song in the night season and all the day long.”
There’s no need to slow down now. The finisher of the race receives a crown of life. Never give in. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1Thessalonians 4:18).
1 Timothy 1:17