2014-01-08 / Church

Today’s Meditation

From The Upper Room
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Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

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.

-1 Corinthians 9:2425 (NIV)

In order to run a marathon, I must discipline my mind and my body to prepare for the race. Each morning, I venture out before sunrise with my feet beating the pavement for five miles. Admittedly, some mornings I would rather stay in bed. However, I know that unless I prepare myself well, I will not be able to accept the challenge when race day comes.

My spiritual life — especially my life of prayer — is a matter of similar discipline. When I am willing to meet with God daily, I can “run the race” faithfully, and ultimately I will claim my reward. Living daily as a Christian requires commitment, strength of character, and dependence on the Spirit’s help. At times, negativity and discouragement can overshadow the good that God brings every day. During those times, I can rely on God’s word from Paul in 1 Corinthians to see me through day by day until I reach the finish.

Terri Meehan

(Surrey, England)

Prayer: Dear God, please take our hands in yours as we go through this day. Help us to trust that you will give us strength day by day to follow Christ. Amen.

Thought for the Day: How do I prepare myself to run the race faithfully?

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