1Corinthians 9: 24-27
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 games 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. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
These verses remind me that every choice we make matters. We know God has promised us eternal life with him, but we still want to live the best life we possibly can. I know I want to please God. My choices between selfishness and generosity, deceit and honesty, ”chilliness” and friendliness all matter to God. I owe it to God to live as He would have me live, as much as I am able. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48b
Father God, I am full of thankfulness this morning. I am ready to continue to run the race, and will finish the best that I can. Today I ask humbly that you shower comfort and courage on those suffering because of events out of their control. There is so much need in the world. Soften hearts, as only you are able to do, I pray. Amen