“You’ve all been to the stadium and see the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Apostle Paul uses the analogy of athletes training to participate in a sporting event. I’ve had a few sore muscles from training to be an athlete.
From the time I was old enough to hold a basketball, I practiced shooting, dribbling, and passing the ball. My mother’s brothers and sisters were basketball players, and during the winter, they worked with me to develop my skills in the hay barn.
As a freshman in high school, I finally had the opportunity to try out for basketball. Even though I had worked hard for the chance to play for the Nevada Cubettes—an Iowa six-girl basketball team—I didn’t relax training until I saw my name on the list that showed who made the team. But that was just the beginning of the training. From November to March during my four years of high school, while many of my friends were hanging out, I practiced or played games five days a week.
My basketball career ended and now the only training I do each day is for a position on God’s team.
Dear Lord, help me train daily to make my last run into your arms. Amen.