~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. (25) And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate for all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. (26) Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. (27) But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
After reading this I have to really ask my self am I running this race for a temporary prize or for an internal crown? I did gymnastics up until the age of 14. This taught me discipline in finding a goal to strive for. A goal that challenges me to want to be better but also an attainable one. I have to ask myself do I make it appoint to strive for the right thing in this life? Are my priorities straight? To answer these questions truthfully at points I do find myself striving for my own personal gain but then the Lord humbles me and I take a step back and remember that there is a bigger purpose to everything that I go through, and do in this life. The things that I do on this earth can either last for eternity or they can perish it all depends on what my motive is, if its for self then they will perish, if its for the benefit of The Kingdom then it will last for eternity. I sit here and have flash backs of my life and the many times I have been selfish and just haven’t given a care in the world wether my actions will be for Christ or for myself. It makes me really look at what I am doing now. I am in a place filled with Him and people that are filled with Him, but what about when I go home? Am I going to step out of my comfort zone and obey God if He tells me to do something or am I going to go bak to being selfish and be a person who doesn’t care. I know it is going to be hard to go back to reality but only in Gods strength will I be able to stand against this dark and wicked world.