Young millennials like myself catch a lot of grief for wanting “participation trophies”, and rightfully so. But not me! I say call it like it is. If you take a loss, go home empty handed and work harder next time. I never understood how anyone could take much pride in getting an award for just showing up.
But, there is one prize I am thankful that I don’t have to earn.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
(2 Timothy 4:7–8)
Praise God we don’t earn the only prize that truly matters, the crown of righteousness, by running harder or faster. We simply receive it because our faith in Jesus has compelled us to take the next step, and then the next step, until we finally cross the finish line.
Jesus finished His race to give you a race worth running. Every step He took towards Calvary, He took with you in mind. Every painful breath He drew while stretched on the cross, He did so purposefully until He could exclaim, “It is finished.” He refused to stay in the tomb because His race continued until He took away the sting of death.
Jesus became the victor when He overcame the grave and He awaits our finish on the podium. Paul knew his race was one of personal faithfulness. His focus was no longer on being perfect, earning God’s favor, or being more fervent than the person next to him. He just wanted to take his next step until he finished.
We run our race toward Jesus, in anticipation of Jesus, and because of Jesus. Because Jesus finished His race, we can run ours, knowing we have a prize in store. And that prize is Christ Himself. He is enough.
As I stare down the release of my first book, Enough: Someday Starts Today, I am thankful that I have been able to run this race of writing and publishing a book over the last nine months. The good news is, I won’t have to wait to see the sales numbers to determine if this book was a success.
No, I have already received my prize. He is Jesus. And because I said, “someday I will write a book” and then trusted Him enough to do it, not only am I confident that Jesus will use the truths found in Enough to change lives, but He has forever changed me as I have discovered I will always be enough, because Jesus is forever enough.
So as far as participation trophies go, I’ve realized the prize that truly matters, Christ himself, will always be secure. Because of that, I will keep running my race.
Want to read more about trusting that Jesus is enough to take on your “someday” aspiration such as writing a book, going back to school, running a marathon, or becoming a foster parent? Enough: Someday Starts Today is now available on Amazon.com and Books-A-Million.com