“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.”

 ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 ~

Sports Day has passed. As a proud member of the winning house, I believe it was a great day. Every race, from 1500 m, to 4x100m to lime and spoon counted in determining the winner. Similarly, the way you live each aspect of your life determines the outcome in the end.

In the Christian race, the prize is not a slice of cake or bragging rights, but eternal life with God. To win this prize, however, we need to go into “strict training”, as our verse says. We need to listen to our coach, God, who gives us instructions through his Word and prayer. Though training might be hard sometimes, and life hits us with difficult challenges, remember that they will make you stronger. In fact, the Bible tells us to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3).

Remember that through all the injuries and false starts, Jesus is there with you, and is willing to forgive. So run your best race and keep your eye on the prize!

 

— Melissa Douglas, 13R

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