Press through the race to seek the prize

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  • By Chaplain (Capt.) Juan Scott
  • 908th Airlift Wing
The race is not given to the swift or to the strong, but to the one that endureth to the end.
I shared this verse with some members of our unit in the final days of preparation for the compliance inspection. Those words formed on my lips as I went about my unit visitation looking, listening and making sure members were not overwhelmed with the long list of items remaining to be completed against the short time line.

This verse resonates within me each time I take on a major project, and I would like to share a few lessons learned along the way with you today.

Lesson one is to remember that you don't have to be the fastest or the strongest to win in life. Recall your fitness run and how some of your fellow wingmen began running too fast at the start of the race. Some lost their breath and had to slow down before the third lap. Conversely, other runners who are not as fast developed a plan in order to complete the race. They realized six laps are required to finish the race, so they began with a slower pace that allowed them to build momentum as the race progressed.

Now lesson two. Speed and strength are great attributes, but endurance always wins the race.

Thank you, members of the 908th, for your endurance over the last few months.