Daniel and the Marathon
Adult: Today we have a very special visitor. Somebody who has done something amazing, something which none of the rest of us has ever done, he ran the London Marathon. It’s Daniel!
Enter Daniel (a teenager puppet)
Daniel: Hi there.
Adult: Hi Daniel and how are you after your great race.
Daniel: OK I guess.
Adult: What do you mean OK. You should be really proud of yourself. It’s really difficult to run a marathon. It’s 26 miles! I expect you had to do a lot of training to get ready for it.
Daniel: Well I did a bit.
Adult: What did you do?
Daniel: I ran round the Lake.
Adult: That was a good idea. How many times did you do that?
Daniel: Just once. It was a bit too much like hard work!
Adult: Oh well, I expect you did other things to prepare. Did you go to the gym?
Daniel: I did once.
Daniel: It was hard work!
Adult: What about your diet? Did you eat lots of healthy food?
Daniel: I had a McDonalds salad once, but I really prefer chips and Mars bars.
Adult: That doesn’t sound much like an athlete’s diet Daniel, but let’s get back to the race – can I see your medal?
Daniel: What medal?
Adult: Well doesn’t everybody who finishes the London Marathon get a medal?
Daniel: Ah… well… yes… well, you see, I didn’t actually quite finish the race.
Adult: Oh no, did you pull up injured just before the finish?
Daniel: Wellllll... it was a bit earlier than that...
Adult: Oh what a pity, how far did you get?
Daniel: (Mumbling) About half a mile?
Adult: Half a mile! Daniel what happened?
Daniel: Well it was lots of fun at the start with all the bands and celebrities and stuff, but when the actual running started I got a stitch, and then I got a bit of a blister and then, well I sort of just gave up.
Adult: Oh Daniel! You know, I don’t think you really took this race seriously. A big race like thisneeds a lot of commitment and hard work. You have to be serious to train and prepare for it, and when it gets difficult, you have to find a way to keep going. That’s the only way you will make it to the end and get your medal. You know, being a Christian is a bit like that too. God never said it would be all fun or that it would be easy. In fact in the Bible He says that sometimes it will be difficult, but he promises to be with us. We need to keep at it and when we get to heaven we will get our reward.
Daniel: I can see that now. I didn’t really take the marathon seriously and I was too ready to give up when it started to get a bit difficult, and you are right, it can be difficult being a Christian but do you know what? I’m going to take it seriously and keep at it. I don’t want to miss out on my reward next time!
Adult: Good for you Daniel!
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