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The Ultimate Competition

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

I am incredibly honored to have a very special guest on my blog today. Radio talk show host, author, and blogger Lisa Buffaloe is here today sharing a devotional about keeping our eyes on Jesus. I hope you will be as inspired by Lisa’s words as I am…

The Ultimate Competition

By Lisa Buffaloe

Being the only female in the house brings many opportunities to watch “manly” movies and television shows. Okay I’ll admit, I do enjoy several of them. One is a Japanese television show where competitors attempt to complete a punishing obstacle course set up to use ever muscle group in the body.

To be contestants, people literally set up their own mini-courses at home and train for years. Each level becomes more difficult, and anyone who makes it through the first stage has my admiration. Whew, I’m out of breath just thinking about the competition.

I wouldn’t make it past the starting gate.

Life is hard and often downright tough. Every day we face obstacles — illness, death, job issues, parenting issues, children issues, people issues, life issues, issues with issues…. Argh!

However, what if we faced the day like athletes? The harder the difficulty, the more the honor, and the more prizes received at the finish line.

When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we flex our faith muscles, learn more of who we are, discover more of God, and win our race. And if your race is extremely difficult, your ultimate prize will be all the greater. So let’s lace up those spiritual tennis shoes, enjoy the wild journey, and compete to win! Remember, you’re always guaranteed to win when you’re on Jesus’ team.

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. … When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!… It’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!”  (Hebrews 12:1-13 MSG).

About Lisa Buffaloe…

Lisa is contributing author for The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter. Her articles have appeared in Angels on Earth magazine, as well as Guideposts, Rest Ministries, (in), and others. Her manuscripts have placed in the finals the last two years in the Women of Faith writing contest, the 2010 ACFW Genesis writing contests, and won awards with other distinguished writing contests. Lisa also hosts a radio show Living Joyfully Free. Lisa is an avid blogger, writer, speaker, and radio host for Living Joyfully Free. Her past experiences—molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape by a doctor, divorce, being stalked, cancer, death of loved ones, seven surgeries, and eleven years of chronic illness from Lyme Disease—bless her with a backdrop to share God’s amazing promises. She loves to share with others how God’s love is unending, and through Him we find healing, restoration, and renewal.


Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website,, her blog,, and on Facebook at

24 thoughts on “The Ultimate Competition

  1. Hi Lisa – so true! If we as believers flex our spiritual muscles by reading the word, prayer etc we would be much fitter for the race. But knowing we are on God’s team makes all the difference. God bless

    1. Tracy, keep those spiritual tennies laced up and run! It’s been so fun watching how God is building your followers. So proud of you, sweet (((((Tracy)))))!

    2. I loved your comment, Tracy! You are so right about flexing our spiritual muscles – and what a humbling blessing to be on God’s team! God Bless!

    1. Brvan71, the Bible gives so many wonderful analogies with sports. We are definitely in a race to the ultimate finish line. And I do love that happy ending! God’s blessings to you!

    1. Thank you, Carrie! I’m so grateful we have Christian friends to join us in our journey. See you at the finish line! 🙂

    2. Hi Carrie! It’s nice to see you here! I agree, I need to hear the message Lisa shared every now and again as well. I hope you have a blessed week!

    1. Hi Dolores, so glad you are staying strong in the competition! God’s blessings to you! ♥

    2. Hi Dolores! Thank you for stopping by. What a blessing to read Lisa’s post at just the time that you needed to hear it. Awesome! God Bless!

  2. Thanks, Lisa, for reminding us to keep running. It’s Derby time around here so it makes me think of the Run for the Roses. Thanks, Penny, for having Lisa. I always love reading what she writes!

    1. Thank you, sweet Lynn! You’ve had many obstacles in your path. So grateful you keep running strong!

    2. Hi Lynn! How nice to see you here! I agree with you 100% – I love Lisa’s writing too – and isn’t she just the sweetest person in the world?! Have a blessed week!

  3. I’m gladI read this blog about Lisa Buffaloe, she sounds like an amazing woman whose obstacles in life have helped her become a gold medal champ in her faith walk. Thank you for this awesome review! It makes me want to flex my own spiritual muscle and show the defeated one what a loser he really is by giving God the glory in everything, no matter what!
    Lori LC

  4. I would never want anyone to go through some of the horrific things we’ve suffered, but when I read that someone else has gone thru the fire and is stil “keeping on for Jesus”, it’s comforting somehow.Thanks for the post Lisa and Penny as always, your interviews are terrific!

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