Happy Monday! Are you ready for this new week ahead? Are you prepared to hit the ground running when you get into the office? (real or virtual) Are you ready to not only start the week but to set goals in order to finish the week strong? Are you ready to set goals for the week and run to win? How many weeks do we come in from the weekend and coast or roll into Monday? How many weeks do we go through the motions without a goal or a direction? How many weeks do we get to the end of the week and achieve our goals? How many weeks do we get to the end of the week knowing we were busy but if you had to list 2-3 achievements you might have a struggle? Remember how where there is no vision the people perish? So we need to kickoff the week with vision and purpose and a goal! We need to be prepared for this week in order to do more than just survive but rather to thrive and complete our goal(s). Are you ready? On your mark… Get set… Go!
The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 22nd
Run to Win
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: I Corinthians 9:24-25
‘Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. ‘
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Are you familiar with the culture of the day?
- Are you familiar with what motivates and drives people?
- Can you come up with a metaphor that will connect with them?
- What about a race? Would that work for today’s world?
- Would finishing the race be enough for you?
- Would getting a participation trophy be good enough?
- Or, are you focused on finishing strong and running this race called life to win?
- Are you motivated enough to want to run the race to win?
- Do you have a focus, a purpose, a goal that you will and can strive for today and this week?
- Do you have something that will keep you motivated to run to finish the week strong and get it done?
- Do you have something that you can use to measure the importance of things that will come up in your life this week against in order to make sure that everything you do will be towards the goal?
- Will you live this week with dedication? intensity? passion? focus?
- Let’s live our lives as living sacrifices to God and live out our lives with the dedication, intensity, passion, and focus necessary to bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory!
- Let’s live out our lives because the prize we seek is eternal and won’t fade or go away!
- Jesus paid the price and so let’s live our lives to show how much we value His sacrifice and how much we desire to live out our eternity with Him!
- Let’s allow our faith to make us work and produce the fruit that pleases God!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What do you think the “imperishable crown” symbolizes?
- Eternal life with God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Is it worth fierce dedication in your life? Why or why not?
- Yes, because it shows how much we appreciate what Jesus did and how much we want to glorify Him!
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
I win not because of my own efforts or my own goodness, but rather through the grace, love, and mercy of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He died so that I might win this game of life and live with Him forever.— Zig Ziglar
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.