“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 NIV).”

 

“I’ll do anything to win that prize!” were the words my son said to me.

He then proceeded to explain how every previous time, others had won the prize for colouring contests at school. He was determined that this time, the prize would be his!  He was focused, determined and so willing to go above and beyond the usual efforts to obtain the prize.  As he worked, time ticked by. His school’s starting time came and went. Even though I was getting impatient with him, since I would now have to drive him to school, I recognized that NOTHING was going to stop him from completing his picture and reaching his goal. Finally, he was done, and I dropped him off at the school–an hour late! When the day ended and he came home, triumph was in the air. When the posters had been displayed, his had received the coveted most votes as the favourite picture. It was a lesson in perseverance and determination that day- something that schooling alone could never have accomplished.

 

In training for a race, one needs to be ready, trained up, eager, pushing through every obstacle and giving “110 percent” in order to be successful. There can be no looking back, no gazing around at the other runners, or one loses their rhythm, momentum and focus on the finish line.

 

I want to be just so determined to do what’s right, what’s obedient, what’s good and true that I am as focused and determined as my son was that day. I want to go above and beyond the normal expectations, and even be thought of as “strange,” to do exploits for God’s kingdom.

 

Thought: “My Utmost for His Highest” is a popular devotional book by Oswald Chambers. I think the title says it all. When you encounter an obstacle what do you do?

 

Challenge: Next time you encounter an obstacle, pray, and push through to victory. (“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”)

 

Prayer: God, would You give me Your wisdom in this situation. As You lead, I will keep trying, rely on Your strength and move ahead in resolving or improving it.