In the Long Run
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Summary: In Paul's letter to the Corinthian church, he draws a direct parallel between professional athletes and believers in Christ. He tells us that we shouldn't put anything into our minds or bodies that will not help us "win the race."
Verse: "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” —1 Corinthians 9:24-27