Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing.No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. -1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Read that again and think about it. There’s a reality we should be reminding ourselves of more often. Every single person will one day die, and they will go to Heaven or Hell. What are you running towards and who are you running with. Is your running club full of walkers, or are they running head on constantly pushing you to compete.
The communities within the Catholic church should be communities that run the race so as to win, but so often it’s full of people who just wanna walk the path just to say they are on the course. This mindset is so dangerous and it’s why not every Christian goes to Heaven.
I’ve been blessed the last 4 years to be a part of a Catholic community that runs so as to win. I was on a boat with some of my friends from the newman center reflecting on this, thinking wow here’s this group that does really fun things together, but also rides the storm together, prays together and constantly calls each other higher.We as a community spend 99+ hours a week in Eucharistic adoration. We have full time college students taking holy hours at odd hours of the night, leading and participating in bible studies that serve over 130 students total, going to mens and womens groups, praying daily rosaries, and living in authentic friendship. To campus they look like any other students, but in the light of the community they are true warriors for Christ.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to take about 25 of them to an abortion clinic to pray. To ride that storm together was one of the most heartbreaking yet beautiful things I have ever done. And despite all the attacks, the tears, the pain, the first thing many of them said after getting in their cars to go home was “We must come back again.”
This community time and time again amazes me, and I love how we are constantly pulling each other closer to Christ. These people run, and they strive to discipline their selves in every way, and are constantly reaching out to others to join them in the race. Many chose to never run, because why run when you can walk. But I’m telling you, salvation is worth leaving everything behind and running as fast as you can. You never know when your time will come to an end, you could die in an hour, you could die in ten years, but don’t let death catch you unqualified for the race. The devil is prowling like a roaring lion looking for souls to devour, so be alert and vigilant.
If you are not in community like this find one, and if you can’t make one. Keep Christ at the center and focus on discipline and sacrifice. The race has already started, are you running?