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Run To Win?
One of the most well-known verses in the Bible about running is 1 Corinthians 9:24:
“Do you not know that those who run in a race ALL RUN, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”
So…no. I don’t run races to win them. Most runners I know don’t. After I started running I came across this verse again and suddenly I felt run-shamed by Paul! Of course I knew he was simply using competitive runners as an example of “being all in” for the gospel, giving your absolute best to God.
Still, I had to make this verse resonate as I couldn’t relate to the runners in it.
So I eventually settled on this general running truth:
Everyone wants to do their best.
Deep down, we really do. Even though we know we can’t go at top speed through life 24/7 and even though our reasons may not always be the best, we like knowing we’ve put our best effort into our race, our hobbies, careers, relationships, etc.
Everyone wants A prize. For most of us, the “prize” we run for is a personal best. Yes, there are times when the “prize” is simply enjoying the experience of the race, regardless of our finish time. However, if a Race Genie appeared and said he could grant you a personal best at your next race OR grant you a great race experience without the PB…you’d still pick the PB. Am I right?
So, run to win today. Whether that means winning the entire race or doing your best on your next training run, attitude and discipline matter. That is what Paul was getting at in the original verse. Have the attitude and discipline of an elite athlete. Your run and your (new Christ-given) life is what you make of it. Show up, give it your best shot, and keep your eye on your prize.
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