Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bible Reflection: 1 Corinthians 9:24

by M. J. Joachim

"Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. "

With Super Bowl coming up this Sunday, I thought this an appropriate verse to reflect on today. Deflate gate has sort of taken on a life of its own in the news lately. All I can think of is, “Cheaters never prosper, even if they do seem to come out ahead from time to time.”

We run the race…

Against time
Against ourselves
Against others

How we run the race is just as important as our participation in it. Work ethic, merit, honesty and integrity matter. Word choice is crucial, especially when things have a way of getting blasted all over the Internet. Anything can be misinterpreted these days, and there’s rarely an eraser or easy apology to fix it, should what one says be taken wrong.

The prize isn’t as much about the trophy as it is about the long term affects of earning it. Earning, now there’s a concept! We’re told we don’t have to earn heaven. It’s a free gift. The race to win the prize requires playing the game of life in an honest, effective manner, one where living our faith is more important than professing it. It’s about being true to who we are and claim to be.

Heaven is free to all who seek it, but they have to play the game. We all have to play the game, because we’re all in this together. So why not run to win, not through cheating or false ways, but by virtue of being one of many in the human race?

Let them (whoever they are) have their tangible trophies, 15 minutes of fame and dissipating fortunes. I can’t help but think of youth sports, where everyone on the team gets a trophy at the end of the season these days. It’s not like they all deserve it, and some of those overbearing parents should be kicked off the team and sent to parenting classes, if you ask me.

Whatever we do in life, wherever we are with our faith, we should run to win. We should strive for perfection and put forth the effort required to get it. It’s not like we’ll all get a trophy for everything we do, regardless of how we do. Politics have a way of keeping that from happening, as does social networking. At the end of the day, it’s still nice to know we did our best and it was worth it, prize or no, because at the end of the ultimate race, the alternative simply isn’t worth it.

Thanks for visiting Christian Catholic today. I really appreciate it.

M. J.

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