I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
“Ohhhh, that’s OK, try it again!”
“Keep your eyes on the GOAL!”
“You’ve got this! You can do it!”
My family loves the sport of lacrosse. My husband was a lax player in his younger days and my teenage son is a serious lax player today.
We travel near and far for my son to play in tournaments. My “mamma’s heart” cheers him on and our hearts beat fast as the emotions on the side line range from extreme excitement to disappointment in a matter of seconds.
Regardless of the score, I cheer him on to the very end.
This past weekend his team won the first two games. They got possession of the ball, made their passes, traveled down the field, and SCORED! When their shots on goal did not go in, they tried and tried again. They learned from the ones they missed. During the third game they were ahead, but they became content with their “almost win” too quickly. Regardless of how hard I cheered, they lost stamina. The game ended in a tie.
On Sunday his team won the playoff game, which put them in the finals to have a re-match with the team they tied on Saturday.
This time when they were ahead… they pressed on!
They knew what they had to do. I kept cheering. They kept going, fought through the heat, maintained their stamina until the end, and finished strong in order to win the championship trophy!
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 (NIV)
Living a life for Christ is not easy. In good times and uncertain times it calls for believers to be compassionate, caring, loving, and truthful.
Jesus loves those that the world hates. Each one of us in our own sin is the woman at the well.
The world wants to throw stones. Jesus wants us to examine our own souls. We are each responsible for examining our own souls.
God has given us a chance to come back to Him by way of the cross – to the loving place where we were complete before the fall. As painful as this life appears, in our risen Savior we have victory!
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
When we turn back to Him by believing in His Son and asking for His forgiveness, He gives us the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is for all who choose to believe (Luke 11:13).
The Holy Spirit guides you, protects you, cares for your soul, and cheers you on daily in this marathon called life.
“You can do this!”
“You’re stronger than you think you are, because you have me!”
“Keep your eye on the prize!”
“Don’t. Give. Up!”
Keep your eye on the prize of Jesus. Distractions along the way may cause you to stumble or lose your stamina. Your prize is higher. Our culture will tell you that you’re wrong. Your prize is higher. Our culture will tell you that instant gratification is okay and everyone is a winner. Your prize is higher. Stay in the truth of God’s Word and stay focused on God’s Son. Jesus is the ultimate prize and our Creator is the ultimate winner.
Believers are called to be the light in a world full of darkness. Life will be difficult and times will appear uncertain. Press on.
When you mess up, because we all mess up in this process of sanctification or becoming more like Him, the Holy Spirit will not let you stay there. God’s heart grieves over our sin, but the Holy Spirit continues to be our advocate in the good times, the messy times, and the uncertain times. You can never go further than His loving arms can reach.
Repent. God forgives.
Remember, it was finished on the cross.
Rejoice! You have victory in Jesus Christ!
Paul speaks God’s Word clearly to those who had ears to hear. He reminds us that our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await to be reunited with the Savior one day (Philippians 3:19-20).
Keep your eye on the prize!
Because at the end of the day, life does not end up in a tie.
There really is only one winner.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith. 1 John 5:4 (NASB)
Praying for you and encouraging your heart along the way,