*1 Corinthians 9:24 - Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.*
Every believer is in a race. We are called to ministry. God has given us something special that makes us unique from anyone else in the world. But it is our personal responsibility to discover, discern, and develop it.
In every race, there is a prize. This prize is a reward for running the race and for being faithful to our calling. There is a prize awaiting all those who endured ministerial pain, storms, discouragement and struggles. The prize is a reward for finishing the race God has set out for us.
For every race, there is a finishing line. In as much as we are still living, we must understand that there is no "heaven bus stop" here on earth. So, focus on your purpose and make up your mind to endure until the end. The race is not over.
Beloved, run with all your might. Run through the storms. Run through the sickness. Run through the hard times. Run through the hurt and betrayal. Run for the crown. Keep going. If you have messed up, come to God - who is able to clean up your mess.
I encourage you today not to stay down. It is time to get up and keep going. Don't give up! God hasn't given up on you. You shall finish the race. You shall win the prize. Amen!