1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – 24 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. 25 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. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (NKJV)
Reading this scripture reminded me of a few cartoons, animes, TV shows, and video games. The first thing that came to my mind was the video above. That infamous clip and that infamous quote came from the addictive anime Dragonball Z. Although now we know that the actual quote was “It’s over 8000!” it’s still fun to say the former. To break down what happened before that it all started at the beginning of the Z series. Goku’s, the hero of the story, son was kidnapped by his brother Radditz. However he was not strong enough to defeat him. With the help of his nemesis Piccolo he was able to defeat Radditz by Goku sacrificing himself. However, Goku found out that he must train because the Saiyans were coming who were very powerful. Goku trained in the after life with King Kai waiting for the time where he can be revived and join the battle. His friends trained as well but Goku’s power was noteworthy because he shown that he could be an actual threat to the Saiyans, Vegeta and Napa. I skipped a lot of the story but I know you can see where I am going with the scripture above.
When the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church in Corinth that we all are competing for things. We are all competing for something be it promotions at work, other jobs, the love of another, or to be the best Christian just to name a few. The most important thing is that you fight your best to be your best. When I think of Goku and in the series he constantly trained to stay on top and to reach that next level. When Goku fought he put his whole heart, body and mind into the goal and I believe that is what you and I need to do more of as well.
Is there a goal you always wanted to accomplish? Run a 5k or a marathon? Write a book? Get a promotion at work? Become a comic book artist or animator? Strongest man in the world? WWE Champion? President of the United States of America? You have to train. You have to dedicate time and energy towards that goal. It’s impossible to win a 5K without training your body first. It’s impossible to write a book overnight you have to dedicate time for it. Promotion, you need to study in school and upgrade your skills. You have to prove your worth to you company. Show them what you are made of. Comic book artist or animator, you have to keep drawing and constantly put yourself out there. Strongest man in the world, you have to train your body and your mind to keep pushing past its limits and create new ones.
Push towards your goals. Be the best you can be because you don’t want to look back and regret that you didn’t give it your all. God won’t bless you with promotion if you aren’t going to work for it.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you have taught us that we must always strive to do the best we can. Please order my steps so I can win the prize and be the best I can be. I thank you that you have put me in line to win the races that I am facing in life. I promise to you that I will push ahead so that I can be worthy of the prize. In Jesus name, Amen.