Thought for the Week: Pastor Stuart Wood

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This summer has seen a vast array of major sporting events take place with many historic moments grabbing the headlines. Spain won an unprecedented third major football tournament in a row, Bradley Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour de France, Ernie Els turned back the years to win The Open.

Now we are immersed in the greatest show of all, the Olympic Games. As I’ve watched various documentaries about a number of the competitors what stands out is their self-discipline and sheer determination to succeed, the countless hours of training and preparation that no-one sees to bring the athletes to their physical peak.

The Bible talks about life in similar terms; ‘You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard.

They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades.

You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition’.

Life is a race that we all run with hurdles and obstacles that come our way. Sometimes there are injuries and times where we feel like throwing the towel in!

But we must keep going, living right and striving after the greatest prize of all – eternity with Jesus.