Farkle. Have you ever played? It’s a pretty low-key dice game, but you can choose to take risks or not. My son decided to take a risk that didn’t pay off. He lost a lot of points and asked if we could change the rules “just this once, and then everyone could have the same thing done for themselves, as well.” I said no.
I said, “You took a risk, and that was great, but it didn’t work out. You lose your points.” Then he said, “Then, I’ll quit.” Nope! That was also not an option. We finished the game, and he came in 2nd. Not too shabby, when quitting would have ensured his loss.
There are moments like that for all of us, where it can be so easy for us to want to quit. Quit life, quit trying, quit parenting, quit working, quit giving of ourselves, quit caring, quit any number of things.
I remember when Elijah felt this way, He literally sat down under a tree in the desert and said, “I’ve had enough. Just let me die.” And then he fell asleep. If I’m being honest, I have felt that way, but I am so encouraged to know that someone like Elijah felt that way, too.
Paul reminds us in 1 Cor. 9 that athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever. We don’t run without a goal. He says in vs. 27, “I keep my body under control and make it my slave, so I won’t lose out after telling the good news to others.” Even he understands that sometimes we feel that weight on us, but we have to discipline ourselves like an athlete, and keep the goal in mind.
We do it for a crown that will last forever! There is no 2nd place with God. There is only life everlasting, and we don’t want to fall down and lose our place now. We can keep our eyes on Him, our faith in Him, and keep on going.
So run to win!