Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 4th, 2021
In a race all the runners run. But only one gets the prize. You know that, don’t you? So run in a way that will get you the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIrV)
Win The Prize
Canada has sent athletes to every Winter Olympic Games and almost every Summer Olympic Games since its debut at the 1900 games with the exception of the 1980 Summer Olympics, which it boycotted. Canada has won at least one medal at every Olympics in which it has competed. The Canadian Olympic Committee is the National Olympic Committee for Canada. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, which was hosted in Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, the country won more gold medals than any other competing nation for the first time.
Life is not a sprint. The average life span for a Canadian born today is 82 years of age. That’s getting close to a century – it’s a long time. I have some friends who are marathon runners. They have taught me a bit about what it takes to press through to complete the full 26.2 miles. The marathon is an ancient sport and Paul the apostle speaks to it in 1 Corinthians 9:24: “In a race all the runners run. But only one gets the prize. You know that, don’t you? So run in a way that will get you the prize.” The Christian life is a marathon. Until Jesus calls us home, we are to live every day with our eyes on the prize and we are called to keep pressing on. What is the prize? Paul answers that question in Philippians 3:14 – he says he presses on toward the goal to win the prize for which Christ has called him heavenward. Paul lived every day with eternity in view. So must we. Before long we are going to enter the arena of heaven. In the meantime, let’s keep the prize in view.
These have been words from the heart.