Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 3rd, 2016

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT)

Running the Race

At the starting line, all the runners look down the track to the finish line, knowing only one will take home the gold medal. Winning requires great effort. In the same way, the Christian life is a race that requires great effort. Plan your week so that you are ready to run the race and cross the finish line well!

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Devotion

This past June 4, a Canadian record was broken in Nashville, Tennessee. 16-year-old Victoria Tachinski, from Winnipeg, was competing in the 800 metre race at the Music City Distance Carnival, running against professionals, college athletes and former Olympians. She won with a time of 2 minutes, 3.56 seconds beating her own best time by 3.3 seconds and setting a new Canadian youth record. Tachinski already held Canadian indoor records for the 300 metre, 400 metre and 600 metre distances for runners under the age of 18. The 400 metre is Tachinski’s favourite distance and takes about one minute to complete for someone at her level. She is being courted by a number of universities and will decide based on where she can learn to become even faster.

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The Summer Olympics begin in a couple of days, and the attention of the world is focused on Rio. While the Games have been making the news lately for all the wrong reasons it seems, most of us are just now starting to pay attention. But the athletes who will be competing have been focused on little else for years. There is a spiritual principle here. The apostle Paul writes this in 1 Corinthians 9:24: “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!” I can see this being put on the wall of a runner’s house. Run to win. But Paul’s point is a spiritual one. The Christian life is a marathon – we are called daily to live a life that honours the Lord and mirrors His life and love. There is a sense in which we are in constant training. A runner is careful with what she eats and drinks and comes to the point where she can read her body so well that she knows when to push harder and when to rest. Followers of Jesus are called to the same sense of spiritual discipline. We must be careful about what we put into our minds and hearts. We must find a balance between times of spiritual rest and times of pressing on, exercising our faith. We are called to run the Christian race in order to win the prize for which we have been called heavenward. Keep pressing on.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley