|Marathon Runners in 1896 (Photo by Burton Holmes)|
Saint Paul compared the Christian quest to running a race. In 1 Corinthians 9, he states: Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
USA Today Sports reports that there is a runner in Iowa who exemplifies this spiritual philosophy. High school senior Zach Hougland was well on his way to a “cross country state qualifying meet title” when he violated state rules by aiding “an opponent who collapsed near the finish line.”
After crossing the finish line first, Hougland looked back “and saw Mediapolis senior Garret Hinson struggling in distress.” Rather than worry about his earthly awards, Hougland immediately came to his opponent’s aid. After helping Hinson to his feet, Hougland was then disqualified.
Keeping an eye on the prize is commendable in any sport. Keeping an eye on the eternal prize is better yet.
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