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It’s important to focus on what we need to gain in order to run our race well. But the race is not just about us. And we must also learn how to pass the baton to those coming behind us.

Each member of a relay race holds a key role. But the race is not about the individual runners.

They must successfully work together passing the baton from one to the next. And many races are won or lost based on how quick and smooth this transition is made.

And while we each have our race to run, it’s often best to view it as a relay as well.

We’re the best runner for our leg of the race – the tasks God has before us. But the race is still not just about us. And there comes a time in which we must pass our work on to others.

This comes in big and small ways.

For instance, there are often aspects of our work that need to be outsourced and passed on to others so we can focus on the deeper work we’re called to.

There might also come a time to retire large portions of our work and allow the next generation to take the reigns.

And even in relationships we must continually pass the baton to those who will live on after us.

Simply put, learning to pass the baton is learning to die well – to let go of what we previously held on to and cherished.

We hinder the race of those behind us when we hold on too long to what needs to be let go of.

Confidently passing the baton is an act of faith and a needed reminder that God still brings life after death.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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