Thursday, July 10, 2014

Play to Win

By Allen White

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 1 Corinthians 9:24

We have heard people say, “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. It’s how you play the game.” For those of us who are competitive, we only have one response to that, “Loser!” Yes, we want to play the game to have fun. (Winning is a lot of fun.) Yes, we want to show good sportsmanship. Yes, we want to play by the rules. But, the bottom line is if we’re not playing to win, then we might as well just stay home.
How do you run to win? It’s simple. We start when the gun is fired. We stay on the path or in our lanes. We run in the right direction. We cross the finish line before all of the other runners. How does this apply to our lives?

We’ve all heard of the rat race. Someone said that “the problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” The race God has put us in has to do with His purpose for our lives. Our aim is to become like Christ. Our goal is to reach others. Life can throw a lot of hurdles and detours in our way. But, if we are intent on running to win the race, we must run intently and leave the distractions behind.

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