As we resume our conversation about pressing on and persevering in our routines, I want to talk to you about an important truth we sometimes fail to remember, and that is that there is a reward when we don’t give up. Often we feel like we should press on because it’s the right and noble thing to do, and while this is true, it’s actually helpful to be motivated by a prize. Though it’s a bit unorthodox to say, life is somewhat like a game; one in which we are competing to win the most precious and valuable reward known to man — wordly contentment and everlasting life with our Lord and Savior. Perhaps this is the reason why, for thousands of years, competitions, matches, and sports have been a source of entertainment and inspiration to humankind — for they mirror our inner makeup. The Olympic games that originated in Athens as many as 3,000 years ago were preceded by wrestling matches in the ancient world. Likewise, today, major sporting events and competitive games continue to dominate our culture. But why? Beyond pure entertainment, I believe the answer is that we are all wired to work hard, overcome challenges, and do our very best in order to take the prize. This is the reason it’s vitally important not to surrender the fight when the road grows long and difficult. Though it can feel impossible to face another day, by putting one foot in front of the other and taking small steps, we move closer to the earthly and eternal rewards secured through perseverance.
My friend, it’s good to purposefully remember the reward that awaits as you move ahead in the work the Lord has called you to. While it may not be a source of great excitement, being steadfast in this season is setting you up for success in the next and preparing you to receive an unfading prize when you reach the end of your journey. Blessings will come as you resolve to stay the course and bring your body, mind, and spirit into alignment with the words and ways of Jesus. His hope is the anchor for your soul, and you can count on His constant help while you press on in wisdom and discipleship. As you live every day seeking to emulate your Savior, He will be with you in both the big and small stuff and faithfully usher you closer to your imperishable reward!