Think with me for a moment… You are an athlete, you train for years, month after month, day after day. You are told you have made the Olympic team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. You are Excited You practice, you train, you work harder than you have ever worked in your life for a once in a lifetime opportunity… Only to be told that there is a pandemic in the world and you are not able to compete for your country this year. You are devastated… But do you give up, or do you try harder? Do you stop training or press on?

When this pandemic started I felt like, it’s all good I got this… I can handle being home with my family for a while… but then the pandemic lasted days… days turned into weeks… then weeks turned into months. Do I still feel as confident as I did at the beginning… Do I still think “I got this”? No. But did I ever really have “this”? No! I couldn’t survive this pandemic on my own… not with my family, not with my friends, no I couldn’t do it. Like many athletes this year felt, there were days where giving up seemed like the easy answer. But is it the right answer? NO!! As a believer in Christ, we are told to Press on. I, unlike the athlete who was training for the Olympics, am not trying to earn the worlds acclamation or a medal to wear around my neck… I am pressing on for the kingdom of God, for a crown in eternity, in heaven. Nothing that this world can even imagine.

Read what 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says : “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 someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to 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 things start to lighten up, we are given back some of our “freedom”… What is your plan to win the race? Are you planning to read a specific book of the bible? Are you planning on memorizing scripture? Last year I started a read through the bible in 2 years. Not to check off on a list that I have done it, rather to grow deeper in Christ, so that when the day comes I am ready for the race set before me. How will you
be ready?

Guest blog by Beth “Cebue” Laverty

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