In 1 Corinthian 9:24, Paul said, “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” Basically, what Paul is saying is that we should never give up doing what God has called us to do. Sometimes it seems like we are never going to complete the goals that we set out to accomplish. We might believe that the process will take too long to complete or that the work in front of us will be too hard. However, whenever there’s an enormous goal in front of us to complete, we should focus more on the steps toward completing that goal than on the goal itself.
Paul elaborated further on his race analogy by saying, “So I run with purpose in every step.” In order to walk or run, you have to focus on your steps until the task at hand becomes second nature. Likewise, you have to focus on the process, the steps that you have to go through, in order to complete your goals. You can’t rush through or skip some steps; you have to completely focus on the steps or else you will stumble in the process.
I believe that if we follow Paul’s advice about discipline, training, and focus; we will have all the motivation we need to fulfill our God given purpose. The next time you feel like giving up, like what you’re doing will not amount to anything, just remember Paul’s advice and know that an eternal prize (heaven) awaits you.