“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 the gold medal that tarnishes and fades. But you’re after one that’s gold eternally.” — 1st Corinthians 9:24 – 25
When you go to a race, you go for the thrill of the competition and to see how someone would win it. After the winner has been declared and the prize has been rewarded, it is over. What do you do then?

You go back to dealing with your reality – your life – which is your own personal race. Each of us is in our own kind of race enjoying the thrills or enduring the different obstacles of it.

What part of the race are you in right now?

All great athletes who have won medals have done so with much determination and faith. They believed they could win and dug deep within themselves to discover their capacity to achieve their goal.  If we deepen our faith, hope, and love, then

“we are more than conquerors through Jesus who loved us.” — Romans 8:37

Like an athlete, each of us has this amazing will. There is so much more in us than we have ever experienced and it all begins with our faith – our trust in God – to give us the strength we need to persevere in our race. Whatever course you are on, keep going – run, ride, walk, or crawl if you have to.

“Press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:14

(Written by Stephanie M. Saulet -  from the Prologue of the book, “Ride On!”)