Updated: Sep 5, 2020
I Corinthians 9:24-27
Verses 24-25: 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.
These verses remind me of that old saying, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” We can’t all win first place in everything. But God isn’t looking at that. I believe he is looking at our effort. A couple of weeks ago watching a baseball game on TV I heard the announcer say, “It doesn’t take any talent to hustle.” That has stuck with me, too. It is all about our effort. We have no control over the rest. Even our transformation comes from God, not from our own hard work. God changes us.
Heavenly Father, change my heart. I have not given up the race. I will hustle, and will try my hardest. I will not win any earthly prizes, but I run the race for eternity with you. Amen
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