And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time and said to him "To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." Luke 4:5-7
Let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:4
Kendall Schler of Columbia, Mo. was the first to cross the finish line at the GO! St. Louis Marathon. Schler had her photo taken with Jackie Joyner-Kersee and was expected to receive $1,500 in prize money along with a spot in the 2015 Boston Marathon.
However, Schler was disqualified after official discovered that she didn't actually run the race. Officials said it's believed that Schler somehow slipped onto the course after the final checkpoint without being discovered in an attempt to fool officials into thinking she ran the entire course. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Schler never registered times along the route, and she never showed up in any of the photographs taken along the route.
KSDK, a local television station, has a video of Schler crossing the finish line, but in the video she sure doesn't look like someone who has just won or even just completed a major race. **
No short-cuts allowed. One must run the entire race to be declared the winner, true in marathons and in life. When offered a shortcut to become King, with no arrest, torture, or cross death, Jesus declined. I am so grateful he went the long way, aren't you?
Our redemption and Life was purchased because he endured the cross rather than take the devil's short-cut offer. The path to maturity is replete with trials, tests and pain. Discipleship is costly, character is built one brick at a time over years and decades. No shortcuts. As we enter a new decade, I remind myself (and you) that the best path in life is not usually the easiest, or shortest path.
Taking the long way, Perry Floyd
**Krishnadev Calamur, "First-Place Fake-Out: Woman Who Didn't Run Marathon Stripped of Title," NPR (4-17-15)