“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)
I had a dream awhile back that I have been thinking about off and on. I dreamed that I was back in the Navy Officers Candidate School.
The instructors pushed us physically, mentally and emotionally. The objective of the physical. mental and emotional challenges is simple. It’s meant to prepare you as a future Navy officer to maintain your composure in difficult situations and to make difficult, necessary decisions quickly and decisively.
Even though we never engaged in combat in our two tours in Vietnam, we did deal with several difficult situations, including riding out a hurricane and engaging the Chinese and North Koreans. I was the Officer of the Deck in all those situations.
The Christian life in many ways is similar to Navy Officers Candidate School. In Christian terms we call it sanctification… to slowly become more like Christ.
Just as Jesus endured many difficult situations in his life and ministry, we too will encounter and have to endure difficult situations in our life.
We’re responsible for our physical condition, but God takes a real interest in our emotional, mental and especially our spiritual conditions. He will ‘push’ us through various situations to strengthen our trust in him which strengthens our relationship with him.
The ‘prize’ for a Navy officer is bringing his ship and shipmates safely back to his home port. The ‘prize’ for Christians is to come to their heavenly home port and hopefully bring others with them.
Have a good run. The effort is worth it.