1 Corinthians 9:24 “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.”
It is important to remember that our life is not merely a sprint but more equated to a marathon. In 1 Corinthians 9:24, it says to run in such a way you will win. He is not referring to one who sprints but one who runs a long distance race, a marathon. One of the things my kids learned about me, early on, was that whenever we played a game and I would loose we would keep playing until I won. Sometimes we would play for quite a while until I would win. Well, that is the way you should live out your faith. You may not have won the first round or even the second but just keep playing until you win. Nothings over till you say it is over. Run in a way that you may obtain the win. Which is ultimately Jesus!