Run in Such A Way that You May Win

One passage I go to consistently as a man and as a pastor is 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.  In a generation that loves leisure, comfort and pleasure above most anything else it is a jarring passage but a good one.  I went back to it just now because I saw this photo essay–powerful images of the intensity of training.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on July 18, 2012, in Bible Observations and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. More please…..I’d love to hear what God has given you in the “expanded version” of this…….Something tells me there’s more to the story…….

    • Nothing really to add at this point. I have said much on this whole subject over the last 15 years. This is the passage that takes those who take things casually when in the ‘race’ and makes them sit and think for a bit on how it is they are running.

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