Wednesday Word 7.25.2018

1 Corinthians 9:24-25

 24 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. 25 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.

My days as an athlete are long past. A few years of softball and swim teams, and even some synchronized swimming exhibitions, are about the extent of it. Of course, I did used to wait tables then don four-inch heels to go dancing until the joints closed down. Does that count? But anyone who has ever worked long and hard for a goal can relate to the notion of The Race. Whether it was working for years on a degree or hands on training for that job you always wanted, the idea of endurance and perseverance to reach the goal resonates with us all.

The reality is that training for something is hard. Long hours making changes to body and mind can be very painful. But sitting on the sidelines and wondering what might have been could be even more painful. I don’t want to be standing before my Savior and explaining why I didn’t put into practice any of his teachings. He might ask me why I didn’t go and spread the Good News. He might ask me why I didn’t care for his sheep.

Grace is a gift. It cannot be earned. But we are meant to respond to that gift. We are not meant to hoard it for ourselves. It isn’t always easy. We don’t face the hardships like the first generations of Christians that Paul addressed were forced to endure. We have different kinds of difficulties. But if we keep working at it, keep learning and deepening our relationship with our Master, then someday we might be able to stand before the throne and hear him say, “I know you did your best, My child.”…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki