Image of 200M Gold Medalist (2012) Allyson Felix (in pink) at the 2008 Olympic Track Trials; Courtesy of Creative Commons user: Sawyerlaw
”Philippians 1:21 is very special to me because it helps to keep my life centered. In every situation in my life I want to be able to say, ‘For me to live is Christ … and nothing else, and to die is gain.’”-Allyson Felix
For more about the inspiring Allyson Felix, her family, and her faith, read Allyson Felix Wins Long-Awaited Gold.
Even if you are not blessed with Allyson's running ability, you can run for gold. The gold medal of hearing God tell you at the end of your life: "Well-done."
Just like Allyson put time into her running, you can put time into your relationship with God. Not as a "to-do" but as a gift.
The God of all creation wants to spend time with you and me! Amazing, right?
I like how Jason focuses on our relationship with Jesus: He is the real gold to seek!
Allyson cut out certain things to focus on her running. I am learning to cut out activities and thoughts that don't draw me closer to God.
I want to grow better at loving and serving others like Jesus. It is a race I am running with every choice I make regarding how I spend time, money, and resources.
Wise words from the apostle Paul:
24-25 You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win.
All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades.
You're after one that's gold eternally.
26-27 I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got.
No sloppy living for me!
I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.
-I Corinthians 9:24-27 MSG
Are you running for gold eternal?
Sometimes I fall, but I keep running toward a deeper intimacy with God. Want to join me?
By His Grace,
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