Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (ESV)

Training for a race, let alone running it, takes single-minded focus. The spiritual course demands all we can give, but the reward is great and eternal.

For the joy that was set before him [Jesus] endured the cross, despising the shame … seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb.12:2).

Daily Reading: Psalm 145

Bible in One Year: 1 Corinthians 9; 2 Kings 1-2; Amos 7