I was once a little child, and knew the love of God;
For everything within my hand came to me from above.
I never had to try that hard, to win each race I ran;
I only had to enter in, and victory was in hand.
Oh when I was a little child, I knew the love of God;
And dedicated all I was, to Him who lived above.
I did not balk, I did not stray, but witnessed with each win;
And every fiber of my being was set to honor Him.
When I became a younger man, the race was not so sure;
For there were many other lads, who sought the laurels dear.
But I was still the one who won, for Heaven was my goal;
And I would not accept a loss, where God was in control.
When I became a young adult, a person in his prime,
No mountain could be half so steep, no challenge be too high.
I picked up every gauntlet thrown, and claimed for God each prize.
But still I found the gates of Heaven, somehow beyond my eyes.
I kept my eyes on things above, and sought the holy place.
I saw the endless love of God, for still I won each race.
I raised a Godly family then, and witnessed as I ran.
Though God appeared so far away, I did not doubt His plan.
Age came up behind me then, and stole my loving pride;
My weary legs would stumble and, the young men had their stride.
I no longer had the speed to win, young men were far too fast;
My witness failed, my hope was gone; was I was beaten then at last?
But when I sunk in misery, defeated and disgraced;
“Be of great joy,” a voice intoned, “for you have won the race.
I love you as the one who strove, and would not count the cost;
For I was with you in the lead, as with the ones who lost.”
The voice of God was with me now, but not because I won
For God loved those who ran with Him, as He has loved His son
He told me that He loved me still, and never left my side;
I was what the master loved, not victory or pride.
“Long you’ve labored for your life, and great has been the cost;
But you have never failed your God, not even in your loss.
I have shared your life with you, and shared your victor’s crown;
Your winning forced the rest to seek; I AM the God they found.”