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.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
The website greatruns.com lists the top 20 runs in Canada, representing at least one from each major Canadian city, from Victoria to St. John’s (west to east, not in order), plus a couple of selections from popular vacation destinations. The website says, “Our ‘runseeing’ tour of BC’s capital features has it all: the city’s most important sites, a scenic stretch along the Inner Harbour, Beacon Hill Park, and the Shoreline Trail along Dallas Rd. There’s a guideline for a longer, 12.5 km option, or a shorter 8.8 km option.
I am not a runner. I love cycling, and I get out on my bike often. But there are many of you who are runners, and you will understand the point that the apostle Paul was making when he speaks of competitive runners in 1 Corinthians 9:24: “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.” There are runners who just run for the love of running, and my friends who are runners tell me that they love getting out and going for a run. But there are also runners who run to win. That is so today and was the case in Paul’s day. Competition was fierce in those days as well. So Paul uses a race to drive home a spiritual lesson. We are running the race to live like Jesus. We win when we consistently live a life that honours Him. We win when we get to the end of the race and hear the Master say, “well done, good and faithful servant.” Let’s all run to win the race.
These have been words from the heart.