I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phillipians 3:14 KJV)
Don't stop now! The prize is attainable.
It seems to be a worldwide problem with many persons starting a task, starting a race, starting a challenge and not completing it. A fiction story tells of some marathon runners who had entered a cross country race. The grand prize was $23,000.
$1,000 for each of the twenty three key points they were to pass.
The race began with much energy and enthusiasm and was lasting several days. By day four, the race was just down to about 5 participants. Who would make it? Who would win? Those were the questions of the day? The two runners who were well ahead were finally getting tired and felt ready to give up. They both had come a long way and had decided that they would just stop together and get the recognition together for they were indeed the only two left and the others behind would probably stop soon.
As they discussed, so they did. They did get the recognition. Worldwide media coverage. Gifts and hugs from friends and family. Out of curiosity, one particular News Agency asked the Marathon organizers how far away were they from the prize. The response was, "The $23,000 in cash was just three miles alway. We ensured we placed it there in CASH and had guards watching and waiting to hand it over all along."
The duo watched each other and shook their heads in shock.
There is a lesson for all of us. The prize is attainable, once we keep on running. Trials are bound to come. Challenging situations will show up too. Some large rocks may just suddenly show up in life's road. We may sometimes get tired and feel like giving up too. But, we must remember that none of us should START TO STOP.
Paul gave a powerful challenge to us all in Philipians 4:13 when he says to press on to the prize. I believe we can use this in both a spiritual and physical sense.
As Christians, we must remember that no where in the Bible, God promises us a bed full of roses. Throughout the pages of the Bible, many of the simple and great characters there had to face tremendous challenges. Remember Moses? Remember Joseph? Remember Joshua? Remember Jesus himself?
What happened at the end of their run? Their mourning was turned to dancing, and their sackcloth and ashes were cast away and they got the opportunity to put on a spirit of gladness. They attained their prizes. They were victorious. This happened simply because they never STOPPED.
In your life this year, although challenges may come, always remember that once you ask God for help and trust him completely, you will make it, you will get through.
Don't Start to Stop - Hope's Ahead!