1 Corinthians 9:24-26 (NLT)  Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!  All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.  So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.

Have you ever read something in the Bible that has challenged you? This past month this passage of scripture has challenged me, haunted me and repeated itself over and over and over again.

This life  ahead of us is an opportunity to be disciplined, well-trained and knowledgeable of what we are here for, but most of the time the business of life itself keeps us shadowboxing. We know good and well what we have to do but we stay busy or selfish enough to just shadowbox. According to the dictionary to shadowbox is to to evade or avoid direct or decisive action.  

I ask myself am I shadowboxing?  Am I avoiding taking action to follow Christ completely? Running this race of life whole heartedly for the One I was created by and the One I am created for, Jesus Christ. The verse says “run with purpose in every step”  so this is my prayer run with purpose and quit shadowboxing!


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