This time around, the scripture I'm tucking in is a longer one (love those challenges) & seems to just speak to me even more in this season of life... RUNNING SEASON :)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? RUN in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the game goes into STRICT TRAINING. They do it to get a crown that will not last;
but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
-1 Corinthians 9:24-25
How cool is that little bit of Godly wisdom? For runners & anyone who competes in a sport.. or anyone who trains for anything at all.
I love the idea of "running in such a way as to get the prize" ... you've heard me roughly 1,382 times say I'm never going to win a run. This old body aint EVER gonna be running 4 minute miles... sorry - too late in life. But it doesnt mean I cant keep TRYING... I can keep running as to keep that prize in sight. And that's what this is saying to me... I may not win, but keep it in my vision... run like I CAN win the prize.
But the part on "strict training" - I LOVE! Because I've seen over the years now much difference training actually does when running. Its between not being able to move for 2 weeks after a half marathon & running back to your car immediately following another half marathon. Training makes a HUGE difference.
So what training am I doing in my Spiritual life? Am I dedicated? Am I willing to put in time, heart & soul? .... literally....
I think its definitely worth all that training for the prize that lays ahead of us as Christians... that crown that lasts forever! Yep... I'll keep on training, running for THAT prize!!!