I'm a Christian, and one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible is 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run , but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight:Not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified."
As someone who trains for races this has a special meaning to me, and I can relate so much to what Paul is saying.
However, after this last race it has more meaning to me, and really got my wheels turning. It's one thing to train our bodies physically, but how much our we spiritually training ourselves, or are we neglecting our walk with God for other things that aren't as important?
Also, I've mentioned before that one of my favorite feelings is crossing that finish line. I enjoy the race itself, but I look forward to the end and getting that hard earned medal. Life on this earth is short. Am I looking forward to, and preparing for when I meet the Lord with the same diligence and dedication? Will He say, "Well done, my good and faithful servant"? I certainly hope so!
So, "Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us." Hebrews 12:1
Have a terrific day!