The best that life has to offer most often requires hard work to obtain. Sometimes the obstacles that we encounter are preparing us for something greater. This is definitely applicable in our walk with the Lord.
“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. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
1 Corinthians 9: 24-27
I recently competed in a 10K race. A lot of training and preparation went into the weeks leading up to race day. I knew the course I’d be running would have several hills, so I trained to have the endurance to conquer them. I would certainly rather run on flat ground (or downhill!) than run up a hill, but there was no other way to reach the finish line. The training paid off and I finished with the fastest time I’d ever run a 10K!
In life we know that there will be hills and valleys. It’s unavoidable. As Christ followers, we have to recognize that to endure it all we must maintain our relationship with the Lord. It requires a daily commitment to be the best that God made us to be. We must remember that when more is required of us on a character level that we are being prepared for greater things with an eternal reward.