I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. (1 Corinthians 9:26 TM)
In Atlanta when they held the 1996 Olympics, you should have seen the place! Three billion dollars worth of new construction, half a million visitors, and thousands of athletes and their trainers from all over the world competing for Olympic Gold. No hour was too early to rise; no distance too great to run; no sacrifice too great in order to win.
Listen to how Paul describes it: “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win” (1 Corinthians 9:24 TM). Mom, use today to sow the seeds of Christian character into the lives of your children. Sir, strive for excellence, whether you sweep streets or build skyscrapers. Reach out in love and touch someone with kindness, expecting nothing ill return, and be assured that every thought, every word, and every deed will be rewarded at the end of the race. Don’t let anything keep you from reaching the finish line.
Paul said, “I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself (1 Corinthians 9:27 TM). Come on, child of God, this calls for discipline! It calls for endurance! It calls you to sacrifice lesser things in order to win a crown of glory.




My elderly Jewish grandmother was giving me directions to her apartment.
“You come to the front door of the apartment. I am in apartment 4012.”
“There is a big panel at the front door. With your elbow, push button 4012. I will buzz you in. Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow, push 4.”
“When you get out, I’m on the left.”
“With your elbow , hit my doorbell.”
“Grandma, that sounds easy, but, why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?”

“Vaat . . . . . You coming empty handed?”