A Runner's World

"Run in such a way as to get the prize." --1 Corinthians 9:24

Read: 1 Corinthians 9

Smarter people than me have said that life is about the journey, not the destination. I thought about it this weekend while my wife and I planned her next marathon (and my next vacation). See, we base a few of our trips each year on the races she enters. As she surveys the course with all its twists and turns, I consider the finish line. After all, when she crosses the finish, we both see our goals.

Paul said it best: "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. (v. 25)" If anyone knew the perspective we should have about these bodies, Paul did. Vessels, tools, mere instruments. Vehicles that help us run the human race with Heaven's grace.

So let's set records in the Lamb's book; share Christ with every breath in this runner's world. I say we throw our heads back and high step it, trusting the finish line to help us make sense out of these twists and turns. After all, whoever said life was about the journey was still on it. I think when we reach the destination, we'll all beg to differ.

--Jimmy Peña


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