Prize.

1 Corinthians 9:24

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.

Have you ever wanted something so bad, it’s all your mind will allow you to think about? This happens to me often. More than anything, with shoes. I love shoes. I probably have about 20 pairs or so at the moment. I know it’s a slight problem… Some of you reading may have more, and that will be a discussion in itself.

Shoes aren’t a bad thing, but I have noticed something about myself through them. I am browsing the shoe’s website online and find one I like. I say to myself, “I NEED IT!” I find a way to make it work financially and boom! The shoe is bought, shipped, and arriving within the week. I eagerly wait in anticipation as I track its every move to my doorstep. I get the notification on my phone, “Shipment arrived” LETS GO! I can’t wait to get home.

Once I’m home I see the box, rip it open, and admire my fresh new kicks. Then a feeling starts to set in. “I spent how much on these shoes again… woah, that was a lot. I am not even sure I like them now that I’m thinking about it. They looked better in the picture.” Man… I get this feeling like, these shoes were supposed to fill me up and make me feel good. Here I am sitting on my bed, feeling the same as I did before I saw them online.. a little let down.

Time goes on, the shoes get worn, and begin to get dirty. They eventually get old, have scuffs, and are starting to smell. The thing that brought me so much excitement is now nearly obsolete.

The shoes are not the point. We all have things we look forward to in life. Things that bring us excitement and we begin to run after.

Clothes, a job, a sport, a relationship even; These things start out in the “honeymoon phase” and slowly, but surely become just another “thing” in our lives. We idolize them and in some cases, work our whole lives to get to “that point” “that goal” “that dream.” Don’t hear me wrong, all of these things are good and can be good, but they can’t be our lives.

What are you chasing after? Is it a significant other? Is it a job that pays well? Is it stuff that makes you look good? Again, hear me on this, THESE ARE NOT BAD THINGS, but sometimes we need a reality check.

I as much as anyone, need a reality check on this subject. I need something to kick me in the butt and say, “Does this REALLY matter? Is this really what you want your life to be about. Is this really what you are spending all of your time on.” Even as I am typing this God is revealing things to me I can lessen in order to increase His presence in my life.

Here’s the point of all this chatter. Jesus is the prize. Our goal in life should be to fall so in love with Jesus and grow so close to Jesus that we can’t help but tell others all about Him. Jesus is waiting to change others lives through you, but first you have to let him change yours.

Spend intentional time with Jesus, in thought, prayer, worship, and conversation. He will begin to reveal things in your life you never dreamed of. I am convinced, Jesus is worth living for. My hope is we would all run towards Him in such a way as to win the prize.

What prize are you chasing?

How can you begin to run after Jesus?

Are you spending intentional time with Jesus?

Dear Lord, thank you for inviting us into a relationship with You. It is through Your love lives are changed. It is through your love we have all been saved. Help remind us of this every single day. We love you. Amen.

Have a great week!

C. Lyman

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