Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. —1 Corinthians 9:24 (NKJV)
The number of medals I have for winning a marathon: ZERO. But the number of times I climbed that treadmill mountain, or pushed myself to run one more mile when I thought I’d never make it: TONS. Too many to count.
Years ago, I was an avid runner. (That’s pre-knee and pre-back troubles. Also pre-kids. Let’s not forget that.) I consistently logged in the double digits of miles run each week and went through running shoes like water going down a drain. And while I never won a race, and do remember what it felt like to stick with something I enjoyed — especially when it was tough.
When I thought I couldn’t walk another step and suddenly had to dig deep within myself and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
There was one day I was letting stress have it on the treadmill, and stretched out to sprint my last half mile. I overheard a woman whisper to a friend behind me: “Now that’s a runner!”
That was the prize to me, right there. That I was living what I talked about. That I was working hard, with my whole heart bought in. It’s what makes me think of hard work at this time of the year. We’re all in post-holiday mode by now. And maybe, 2017 is the year we decide to do it. To put on those running shoes (or whatever New Year’s Resolution we’ve made) and really go after it with gusto.
This is the day.
This is the month and 2017 is your year — to own our faith in Jesus.
To make an effort to seek Him with our whole hearts.
To stretch out and sprint like we never have before! To go through running shoes of our faith like water going down a drain. To live and serve and love like He did. Because the prize isn’t a medal at the finish line; it’s in the day-in-day-out chasing down of our Savior. And the prize? It’s right there for the taking.
Let’s go grab our shoes — and RUN.
Running with YOU,