Finished my 10K running race

24 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. 25 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.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 NKJV

Sunday June 16 @ 5:15am I was part of a 10K race. It was a huge event in Puerto Princesa City. Have been training very hard and was curious how I would do. It was the day of reality. The Bible says that we will reap what we sow. The same applies with running .. if you neglected training and skipped some days … this is the time you will notice it.

Many runners started fast but after 1k-2k you could scrape them from the floor. It was a good day for me. I finished 7th in the run and reached my time I have been training for. I was 11 seconds faster than aimed for and got a personal best. So needless to say I was very happy and pleased. I got what I trained for.

However, many people were disappointed because they didn't reach their time. It was slower than they hoped for. You see I think that is how it will be too with most of us Christians. God has given us gifts and talents, but what do we do with the gifts and talents God has given us? If we don't use what God has given us and develop them through training, study and hard work, how can we expect to have a big reward in heaven. Yes we will saved and go to heaven. That is not the issue. The issue is after you got saved, what are you doing with the gifts and talents God has given you? If you are not willing to train yourself and improve your gifts and talents, you are like these runners that didn't train but expected to be #1. Sorry to say but that is not going to happen.

This reminds me of a quote: "Hard work beats talent, if talent is not willing to work hard." You see when I get to heaven I want Jesus to say "good and faithful servant" Matt. 25:23. Be sure to develop and use your talents. Run your race in such a way that you may obtain it and don't waste a minute in your life doing that what is not profitable.


Thanks again for supporting these kids in the Philippines with their studies. You are making a difference in their life. Thanks for giving them hope (www.touchingthenations.com).

Lots of love from the Philippines.
                Arthur Peter

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