Finishing the Race in Missions | A Poem

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. -Hebrews 12:1

Today on the blog, TEAM missionary David Weaver shares a page from his poetry collection with us. David and his wife, Joy, have served with TEAM in the Philippines since 1991, where they launched the Church Planting Institute (CPI) to equip Filipino believers for church planting in Asia. David is a gifted communicator and penned his poem “The Race” to express the unique endurance needed for a lifetime of ministry. 

As a missionary, I must always ask myself why do I do what I am doing?  I must have the right motivation if I am to run the race all the way to the end.

If I am a missionary to receive the praise of men, I will quit when my cheerleaders lose interest. If I serve because of the rewards in this life, I will become disillusioned. Even a personal sense of accomplishment is a hollow motive for serving.

I need to have a motivation beyond all of these, so that I can run with endurance without any external or internal encouragement. I must run believing that all the cheerleaders, rewards and “well done” are waiting for me when I get Home, and I’m not home yet.


The crowd, the gun, a thousand feet,
The cadence of my own heartbeat;
The pace, the pain, the lookers’ on,
The will to win urges me on.

The hill – breath, crowds are getting thin,
Legs answer to the call within:
Push up, churn on, keep up the pace;
Though others quit, finish the race.

The sun, concrete, two feet of lead;
Alone, I race within my head:
Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in again,
Race on to hear those cheers again.

The cheering crowd, the finish line,
I see them clearly in my mind.
My legs, detached, run on and on;
I reach the line.  The crowd is gone.

My heart and lungs cheer on their own,
Then fade, and I walk home alone.

To learn more about David Weaver and how you can be join TEAM Philippines click here

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David Weaver

David responded to Christ's call on his life for missions when he was a teen. He met his wife, Joy, in Bible college, joined TEAM and arrived in the Philippines in 1991, where they have helped to start new churches, hosted short term missionaries and taught Filipino church planters through the Church Planting Institute. Currently, David divides his time between ministry in the Philippines and his role as a missions mobilizer for TEAM in Birmingham, Alabama. David counts writing poetry, watching Alabama football, and eating Joy's pecan pie as his favorite hobbies.


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  • Hey Dave, didn’t know you were internationally published.. 🙂 will have to get your autograph some time. 🙂


    P.S. save me a piece of the pecan pie!

    • I will ask Joy to make us a pie the next time we see each other! That’s the hard part, isn’t it? Good friends who are both missionaries rarely get to enjoy time together. I guess we will have plenty of time when we both get home to catch up on all of God’s faithfulness.

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