Epiphany 6 - Year B
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Runners running races sounds very rigorous, intentional, trained, and competitive. It sounds like only one can win. This proto-protestant-work-ethic only forgets the freedom of grace and the mercy of G*D.
Yes, intend to do no harm, intend to do good, and intend to change your thinking with an encounter of a larger picture. Yes, give life your all. And, yes, practice, practice, practice to have your being and doing reflect well on one another.
Know that you are not disqualified. You never were and never will be disqualified. The opportunity to turn and become integrated with your self and with tomorrow is always present. Not being disqualified, brings with it so sweet a soul song that we find a joy in rigor, intentionality, training, and moving deeper. This allows us engagement with the disciplines that enhance our common experience and common wealth.