Kathleen Hardaway

And the Winner Is?

Massive amounts of time, money, and energy are spent on athletic events. Americans spent over 25 billion dollars on professional sports last year. People enthusiastically go, cheer, clap, and watch their coveted team try to WIN!

Others sit at home spending countless hours in front of their flat screen TVs waiting to see who will win “American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “andThe Voice.” Millions take the time to vote and give their opinion on who they believe the winner should be. Countless people wait in anticipation to hear the words, And the winner is….

The Olympics continue to be loved by most, and they also keep millions of viewers glued the tube to see which country and athlete stays on top! It often can be a fraction of a second that stands between the winner and loser.

Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”

Is winning the only thing?

When the athlete, the recording artist, the Hollywood star stays on top, often people love them. The minute they begin to sink in their careers, there can be an instant slump in sales and the fans can turn on them in an instant.

While on top, the winners have the world by the tail, as they say, but there’s a problem—it’s fleeting and often never lasts.

Oh, I highly admire what our Olympians must do in order to be the best in their field. The sacrifices they make are unbelievable. They have one focus, one goal, one ambition: the Gold medal.

What’s your one ambition? Think about it. What’s the one thing you would die for, the one thing that makes you eager to get out of bed every day?

Did you know you’re in a race?

God’s Word says, Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

Oh, my friend, be sure you’re in the race—God’s race. Run as He directs you and make a difference for the Kingdom of God.

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