Sunday, February 21, 2010

running to win...

You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. 1 Corinthians 9: 24 & 25 The Message

Those were the words of the apostle Paul...someone very familiar with the Olympic games in his time. He often used Olympic language to get his message's a language we all understand these days!

We know the Olympic games will soon be over...and the gold medals a distant memory. What really matters is how we are doing in our personal marathon...the one we are running daily. Are we running in such a way as to get the prize? It is worth much more than is for eternity.


  1. The best part about this analogy of Paul's is that we don't have to beat's our own personal marathon and all we have to do is finish. Praise the Lord for that!

    I so admired your Canadian skier who had that nasty crash where we all oohed and ahhed and peeked through our fingers, but up she got and insisted upon skiing the rest of the way down. We're in "that" kind of a race.

  2. I wish that when I was children we'd been encouraged to read the bible because there is so much there that speaks to our modern world - some things don't change. The marathon of life - I like that.

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  4. Our reward in the end will be far more wonderful than the bronze, silver, or gold that the Olympians win. I like the way you tied in this world event with our race.

  5. History reveals itself over and over.

  6. Great timely post. We've been watching the Olympics with great interest, and wondering how the athletes can sacrifice so much for a focused goal, and how it must hurt or disappoint to come in 2nd, or 4th, or 17th...But we know that in Christ we can all be Victors! How wonderful.


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