Well the Olympic games are now in full swing and it’s not taken too long for the banner headliners to christen last Monday’s GB medal haul as “Magic Monday” (is it really 9 years ago since the events on the track at London which led to "Super Saturday”?). I wonder what further alliterative couplets will be used for further successful days in the future, which might add to the ones which have been used over the years to accompany Midweek Musings: Thursday Thoughts, Friday Felicitations and Saturday Salutations?
Of course it’s good to celebrate the success of those who have been so dedicated in their training, particularly through the rigours of Covid lockdown, and have now emerged triumphant, and won the ultimate prize. The ultimate prize…..? Well in a number of the epistles in the New Testament, written to early followers of Jesus, illustrations of training are used. The author of the letter to the Hebrews encourages them to
“run with endurance the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1
And the apostle Paul, speaking of what he sees as the ultimate prize, says: "So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God's call through Christ Jesus to the life above" Philippians 3:14.
Sadly, not everyone who comes away from the Olympics will have the honour of bringing back a gold medal. However, as friends of Jesus, I believe we are all winners; all possessing the ultimate prize of a life with God now, and throughout eternity. A prize we can claim today, making it a delightful day, wonderful week, and marvellous month!
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