Out of the Running

Liz is ready to win his first 10K race. He’s eating right, visualizing the trophy, telling all his friends—everything but actually training. How does his unique preparations help on race day?

Before You Listen

After you listen

Memory Verse

“Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever.”

Audio Icon   1 Corinthians 9:25



In this episode, Liz thought he could win. He knew a few things about running, was inspired by a famous runner, and liked the good cause that running was supporting. But he didn’t actually want to do the hard work of running itself. So when it came time to run the race, he failed miserably.

Similarly, you can know a few things about Jesus, be inspired by people of faith, and like the good things that Christians do. But if you do not put the training into going to church, reading the Bible, and spending time with God in prayer, you will fail when it comes to sharing God’s love with others. You won’t win what Paul calls the “eternal crown”. Jesus inspires you to keep training by saying, “I am coming soon. So hold firmly to what you have, and no one will take away the crown that you will be given as your reward” (Revelation 3:11).

Want to dig deeper and get some training inspiration? Check out 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22, Colossians 3:23-24, and Hebrews 12:1-3.


When you are in training, it helps to have a coach. Who is running alongside you and encouraging your Christian walk? Make a medal that says “Coach” for a person who is a role model for your faith. How will you decorate the medal? Will it have a crown to remind you of the eternal crown you are working for? Give your “coach” the medal and let them know that you appreciate the leadership they show.