I was encouraged by the message Colton shared yesterday. The passage he referenced is great because it describes the similarities between preparing for an athletic competition and preparing for a successful, godly life. I thought I would take advantage of the good word from yesterday and reiterate the points that Colton brought out.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 "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. 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. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."
As was shared in the message yesterday, the first truth we see in this passage is that we must be passionate about the race. Running and living well must be a high priority. When we are lacking passion, it's helpful to surround ourselves with others who are passionate and focused on the same goal. Together we can encourage one another.
Second, we have to be disciplined. Whether it is self control around our diet and working out regularly, or spending time daily in the Word, in prayer and in fellowship; discipline is the key to success. And as Colton shared yesterday, discipline NEVER gets easy.
Finally, we see in this passage that we have to have a purpose, a strategy. It's not enough to aimlessly run now and then, or randomly open your Bible and read a verse from time to time. Growth, maturity and improvement will only take place if we have a strategy.
Here's the good news: If you truly want to grow in passion, discipline and purpose, one of the best ways to find success is to join with others who have the same goals. I encourage you to come join the CRT and together we can learn to Run Well, both physically and spiritually. This week we will meet on Wednesday at noon at Clearwater Trail. On Saturday we will be at Weyerhaeuser haul road (the corner of 57th street and Bob Straub Parkway in Springfield) at 8 am and on Sunday we will meet at Clearwater Trail at 4 pm. We would love for you to come join us as we strive together to Run Well.