Winter Olympics. Hockey. Figure skating. Skiing. Ice dancing. Speed skating. Short track speed skating. Luge. Bobsled. Curling. Cross country skiing. Ski jump. Snowboarding. Just some of the sports we’ll watch. There will be gold medals handed out. New idols will be crowned. New heroes in the making.
The athletes. They each train in their sport. Working to master the art of athleticism. They each have chosen one sport to excel in. To best the best. To be crowned. To be awarded the gold medal.
They work hard. Practice religiously. They sacrifice. More than most would even dare. They stretch themselves. Going beyond comfort. Just to be the best. They may only get one shot at the gold. They need to make the most of it.
Mistakes will be made. Mishaps. Nerves will get the best of some athletes. Some expected to win will not. New champions will be crowned. They will stand tall, right hand over the heart. Listening. Listening to their national anthem. The flag is lowered. In honor of their win. In honor of their hard work. In honor of their sacrifice. In honor of their gold medal. All nations will applaud.
They get nervous. They make mistakes. Their muscles stiffen. They suffer injuries. All for the sport. All for the dream of wearing the gold around their neck.
Some will be cocky. They just know they’ll earn a spot on the team. They just know they’ll win the gold. They may not work as hard as they should, because their self confidence has already crowned them winner. They could be brought down quickly. They may miss the goal. They may fall down the mountain. There could be someone better. A new champion in the mix. Waiting for their moment to shine.
Some are humble. They do the work. They’ve put in the hours. They’ve listened to their coach. They own the sport. But they don’t announce it to the world. They let their work speak for itself. If it’s their time to shine, they will. If their skills need more sharpening, they will do the work. The struggle to grow stronger and perform better is real. They think they could do more.
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:14
We’re all in training. We’re training for a spiritual prize. The top prize. Heaven. Heaven is the gold medal we’re training for. Everyone should want it. Second place is disastrous.
There is a workout plan that’s available for everyone. Those who choose to accept it and follow it will receive that top prize. There won’t be only one gold medal given. Anyone who is anyone can receive it.
No. It’s not a participation medal. The medal must be won. Fair and square. Hard work. Conditioning. Sacrifice. Suffering. Hardships. Setbacks. Successes. Growth. Rewards. All are part of the plan. Given in different measures to each athlete working for the prize.
We’re racing toward eternity. People. Whether we know it or not. Whether we like it or not. Everyone will come face to face with eternity when they cross the finish line. At our last breath, we will come face to face with God Himself. He will judge each and every one of us.
I want that top prize. I want the gold medal. I want to spend eternity in heaven. I hope you do, too.
If you haven’t made the decision to join the race for eternity, this link will tell you how you can join.