Why Not the Best? The Athlete

Ever wonder what it takes to run your spiritual race like a champion athlete? This week we look at the determination, discipline, and devotion needed to win not just any prize, but the eternal reward that awaits us. It’s more than just a sprint; it’s the marathon of a lifetime, requiring every ounce of our commitment to push through challenges and keep our eyes fixed on the ultimate goal. Join us we explore how to live a life of purpose, passion, and perseverance. It’s a race we run together as we aim for giving God nothing but our best!


  1. What does “running the race to win” mean to you in the context of your faith journey? How does this perspective change the way you live day-to-day?
  2. Reflect on the discipline of an athlete. Can you identify an area in your spiritual life that could benefit from more discipline? How might you implement this?
  3. Paul talks about not running aimlessly but with purpose in every step (1 Corinthians 9:26). What specific goal or ‘prize’ do you feel God has set before you in this season of your life?
  4. Reflecting on the idea of running the race with endurance, how does community support and accountability play a role in your spiritual growth? Share an example of how being part of a faith community has encouraged you to persevere in your journey.
  5. Discuss a time when you faced a challenge or obstacle in your faith. How did you overcome it, and what did you learn about perseverance and reliance on God’s strength?
  6. The athlete metaphor Paul uses involves strict training and sometimes denying oneself certain pleasures for a greater goal. In what ways are we called to live similarly as followers of Christ?
  7. Discuss the concept of God’s eternal rewards. How does focusing on the eternal impact of our actions influence our priorities and decisions?
  8. The Bible encourages us to fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2) as we run our race. What are some practical ways we can maintain our focus on Christ amidst the distractions of life?
  9. Athletes often have coaches, mentors, or teams that support them. Who plays these roles in your spiritual life, and how do they help you ‘run your race’?
  10. Reflecting on the idea that “discipline weighs ounces, but regret weighs tons” (Jim Rohn), share a decision you’re facing or a habit you’re considering changing. How does this perspective influence your approach?

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