Are you loving the Olympics games like we are at our house? We glue ourselves to the television every chance we get to watch the latest competition and cheer Team USA on to victory. Undoubtedly, the most thrilling event to watch to date was the men's 400-meter freestyle relay, when the Americans overcame the favored French team to win by a millisecond. Michael Phelps kept alive his chances of winning a record eight gold medals in this year's Olympics thanks to the great efforts of his relay teammates, Garret Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones, and Jason Lezak. They all celebrated and savored their victory amid much hoopla and hollering. I hollered and hoopla-ed right along with them!
But they didn't just get together one day last week and decide to jump in the pool and take a little swim. They've spent a lifetime in training and practice. Day-in, day-out, whether they felt like it or not, they made themselves endure the agonies and disciplines of preparation.
There is nothing quite so satisfying as typing those words THE END at the bottom of a completed manuscript. Like the pangs of childbirth, the pain and suffering of the act of writing a book is all but forgotten in the joy of victory. As your teammates on the publishing side of the book-writing business, we work with you. We're in this race together.
Acts 20: 24 reminds us of the reason we're in this race. . .the reason we endure and perservere and keep on writing and publishing when it would be so easy to give up: "...If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace."