“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).

Imagine yourself as one of eight runners on a track, crouched at the starting line, staring down the lane in front of you to the finishing tape that awaits the winner. Each one is taut waiting for the gun to sound. Knowing that only one can can win and receive the prize each runner will give maximum effort; straining every muscle, fiber, tendon, and sinew to run victoriously the path that is set before them. As believers, Christ has set before us the path of how we ought to live. By the power of his indwelling Spirit, we run with a greater passion, desire, and determination than would any olympic athlete. This is because they run for a perishable crown and we an imperishable. Each day brings a new leg of the race. Run well today.

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