“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.” (1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV)
The last few verses of 1 Corinthians 9 have always been a favorite of mine. Paul is writing about the discipline and tenacity of athletes, but what he is really thinking about is the “race of faith.” We are not out for a casual stroll through life–we are in a race. We should not be content with merely making it to the end, or crossing the finish line, we should run to win. You may not be a runner at all, but remember, Paul is not talking about “running.” He is talking about “living.” We should live each day with focus and discipline. We should live each day with a heart full of passion and wonder. We should live each day with purpose–the purpose of living for the glory of our King.
At the beginning of a brand new year it is so important for you and me to take time to stop and consider what is most important for us to pursue this year. There are so many possibilities, so many possible activities to eat away at our time and energy, but are they what God desires for us to invest our time, gifts, and energy towards? I believe that if we will spend some time in prayer, come up with those people, activities, and goals that are most important that we will be able to “run to win” in this new year. Once you come up with your list find a partner, someone you can share it with, and ask them to help you stay on track during the year by praying for you and meeting with you on a regular basis. My prayer for each of us today is that the Lord would give us a burning passion to “run” this day, and each day of 2013, like no other.
In His Steps,