Today’s Scripture: Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: I Corinthians 9:24-26

“You have a ton of trophies, Granddad. Which one is your favorite?” said eleven-year-old Mariana as she explored his office.

“Well, Mariana, my favorite trophy isn’t actually in my office,” he replied.

“What do you mean? Why wouldn’t you have your favorite polished and sitting on the middle of your shelf?”

“Because that trophy is not made of metal and wood-it’s the first soul I was able to lead to the Lord. And it is a trophy far better than all the rest. I’ll have it for all eternity.”

In life, we receive many material rewards. From most valuable player to highest grade point average, there are plenty of opportunities to earn flashy awards to remind us of our achievements. But how important are they really? So many people place their focus on the tangible trophies rather than the eternal. Although we may not receive the world’s applause for eternal awards, we will receive the praise of our King.

How about you? The world considers plaques and medals valuable. What things do you deem your trophies? Consider it for a moment. Is it Most Improved Player for varsity soccer, highest college GPA, or Employee of the Year? Keep in mind souls are what count-each one you win is another sparkling award awaiting you in Heaven. Which trophy would you rather strive for?

Devotional by Dr James A. Scudder