"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." 1 Corinthians 9:24
Today, my daughter ran her very first race. As I ran alongside of her, I could tell she didn't know it was a competition. She was running, simply because she just loves to run. She had no regard for winning, losing, or placement, but I did.
She has the physical ability and passion to run, so I knew she was capable of doing great and even winning. As we ran, there were times when I encouraged her to keep going and times when I was patient while we slowed down. There were also times when I couldn't be with her and I directed her to keep running without me. It wasn't until I pointed out the finish line that she began to run with all of her heart and might. She had finally realized it was a race, a competition with a prize at the end!
I have been reflecting on this race all day and how symbolic it is. I realized the importance for us as parents to encourage our children to race towards Christ. We need to point out the prize at the end that they have yet to see. The best way to do this, is to run that race ourselves right beside them. Along the way, we need to encourage them to see and fulfill who God made them to be. We need to be patient with them while they are growing. There may even come a time when they will race without us, but we need to teach them to keep their eye on the prize. So, that leaves one question...are you ready? On your mark, get set, GO!!!