Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9: 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Application: Dieters are taught to give themselves little rewards for certain milestones like a 5 or 10 pound loss increment, or falling below a certain number on the scale. But in a real race, it is only the one who crosses the finish line who receives the prize. There are no trinkets and door prizes passed out along the way in a race.
We are told to compete, or run in such a way as to get the prize just as if there was only one reward for the winner. Rewarding yourself is not a bad idea along the way, as long as that reward isnít food. Unfortunately I have heard and seen time and time again that people treat themselves to a favorite binge item, more than a healthy portion of something extra for being so faithful thus far.
Better to do as today's passage suggests, run the dieting race with one goal in mind, crossing the finish line so that you will have the joy of receiving the reward of a perfectly sensible body again. Your Father in heaven will openly reward you at that moment.
Prayer: Father, I know that I shall have immeasurable eternal reward some day because Your Word promises me that. I am grateful for this opportunity to re-enter the race of life and be a competitor once more instead of unhappily sitting on the sidelines. Help me to run the race well and if I complete it knowing I have made You proud that will be my reward in itself. Amen
Today's action and commitment: In the back of your closet wardrobe are countless articles of clothing that are no longer you, no longer fits, no longer stylish, no longer a whatever! Give away something today to someone. It may be the only material prize they receive. Then do something at your milestone weight increment that will compliment the race that you are running. God will see indeed the intent of your heart. I think you might be surprised.