Do you not know that in a race all the runners run,
But only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to win the prize…[Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 9:24]

A flurry of activities are underway in our various Home Churches as the Festival of Home Churches 2010 draws nearer. At Excellence Home Church  meeting this week, we were all caught in a fever of excitement as we looked forward to this groundbreaking and destiny-transforming event.

As always, we commenced the meeting with a brief moment of praise to God who has made us worthy co-workers in the upcoming Festival. We feel so honoured!

Success is never an accident. If we leave the pursuit of our dreams to chance, we might wait forever for their materialization. There are secrets to winning in life!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run?

Pastor WD Favour often tells us that life is a race and a game. Life’s prizes are reserved for winners. The slothful, fearful, and average have no share in this prize. When preparing for a tournament, athletes put in scores of time and energy. Those who fail to do so, only disgrace themselves on the day of display as sometimes seen during the Olympic games. Adequate planning and proper execution of  plans are essential secrets to winning in life.

Run in such a way as to get the prize

Everything in life has a ‘way’ to it. We came to this realization during our Home Church meeting this week as we pondered the words of the writer of Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 “…there is a proper time and procedure to every matter.”

As this truth hit home, a member served another volley from the book of Proverbs:

The labour of a foolish man wearies him, because he does not know the way to the city.

So having a great dream is only a trip to a fool’s paradise unless we take the right steps essential to the fulfillment of that dream.

Knowing the way is crucial to winning!

For the joy set before him

Endurance is another secret to winning in life.

Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before Him. So, like our master Jesus in Hebrews 12:2, we will hang on till we  realize our dreams.

God bless you!

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