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ning the Race of Life

I Cor. 9.24-27



W ork Toward the Goal.....................................................................................................................................4

I must participate..........................................................................................................................................5

I must pursue the prize.................................................................................................................................5

I mplement Personal Discipline........................................................................................................................7

The Requirements.........................................................................................................................................7

If we are to win the race we must prepare............................................................................................7

If we are to win the race we are to put forth tremendous effort ..........................................................7

If we are to win the race we are to exercise self-discipline....................................................................8

Why Do We Need to Be Discipline?..............................................................................................................8

The Reward.................................................................................................................................................12

The Result (if fail to discipline)....................................................................................................................13

N eglect trivial activities.................................................................................................................................14

Story of a Winner National Bookstore founder Socorro Ramos

Nanay Coring is a winner

In 1940, Socorro Ramos, barely 18, started working as a salesgirl at a Goodwill Bookstore
branch owned by her brother in Escolta, Manila. Because of her selling skills, Ramos was
put in charge of the store.

Later, on a busy sidewalk, she together with her husband propped up a tiny table, piled
some books on top, and called it national Bookstore Unable to afford extra help, Ramos
worked not only as manager but also as cashier, purchaser, saleslady, janitor, and helper.

War broke out and the Japanese censored all books sold, effectively prohibiting her from
selling books.

Did she gave up? No. She hustled. She looked for what people needed and discovered
that the Japanese soldiers wore boots the whole day. Would they need slippers? In time,
she sold thousands of rubber slippers to them at her bookstore.

One day, one of these Japanese officials asked if she was selling bond paper. When she
asked how many he needed, he shocked her by saying, Three thousand reams. (She
later learned that he was in charge of printing Japanese money.) At that point, she didnt
have a single piece of bond paper with her. But with courage, she said, Ill deliver 3,000
reams to you.

She looked far and near, buying bond paper with her kalesa, delivering it to them on time
thats hustle/winner
By that time, her house was filled with piles of Japanese money soon to be worthless if
the American won. And listening to short-wave radio at home, she knew this was going to
happen soon.

That was when a Japanese sold her a whole warehouse of whisky. She bargained and
bargained, giving him all her Japanese money. When the Americans won the war, she
displayed the whisky on the sidewalk and the American soldiers bought them with US

When the war ended,things were looking up. She expanded and made a good profit.

In 1948, Typhoon Gene entered the Philippines destroying dozens of houses and property
including the Ramos'. Their house and store were taken down and all the merchandise
soaked following the typhoon. In one night, everything she earned the past years was all
wiped out. . But this did not bring down the Ramos couple .

Did Nanay Coring give up? No. She hustled.

She started from zero and built NBS one book at a time, one customer at a time.

She calls herself a simple saleslady.

And she will always be the best saleslady on the floor.

Today, National Bookstore or NBS is the widest bookstore chain in the Philippines with 85
branches scattered all over the country. Aside from NBS, Nanay Coring now also owns
other huge companies One of my grandchildren (Gabby Licauco) is in charge of Powerbooks they
put up Tokyo Tokyo

Today, National Book Store is considered as the largest chain of bookstores in the country. They
have ventured into several businesses already such as a convenience-type store named NBS
Book Express, publishing companies named Cacho-Hermanos printing press, Anvil Books and
Capitol-Atlas Publishing, another book store named Powerbooks, music store named Tower
Records and Music One, Gift Gate, the home of Hello Kitty and Swatch, and a department store
named Crossings department store. Socorros children and relatives ran all these.

Today, at the age of 85, Socorro Ramos or Nanay Coring acts as the General Manager of National
Book Store. And she told that the core values in her success are to keep learning, being actively
involved in the business, being able to read changes and act on them immediately, and most of all,
never give up!

Luck? No. Hustle 2 believe that theres a solution to almost any problem and to take it
upon yourself to find it!

As an entrepreneur, Socorro Ramos received some of the country's notable awards such

Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship (1991)

DTI Outstanding Filipino Retailer Award (2001)
Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (2004)
The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award (2006)
Filipino-Chinese Federation of Business and Professional Women of the Philippines
Award for Business (2007)

Inspiring isnt it!

Seeking to win our own race/struggle

In our Christian lives, we also desire to win in the race that God set before us to be
victorious to be successful not losers

God wants for us to win the race of life and thus, He shows to us from His
Word how to accomplished it

To win the race of life, we should focus on matters that matter to God
(that are with eternal value) and run according to His rules

1CO 9:24 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 get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into
strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will
last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a
man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have
preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

This passage is written with the backdrop of the athletic events they had. The Greeks
had two great athletic festivals, the Olympic games and the Isthmian games. The Isthmian
games were held at Corinth and were therefore intimately familiar to those to whom Paul
was writing. This event was held every two years ten miles outside the city of Corinth.
Contestants in the games had to prove rigorous training for ten months. The last month
was spent at Corinth, with supervised daily workouts in the gymnasium and athletic fields.

These games brought people from every part of the Mediterranean to compete or just
watch. It was the sporting event of the year - drawing the empires best talent.
Athletes would compete in foot races, broad jumping, discus throwing, wrestling, boxing,
gymnastics, and equestrian contests. They would compete fiercely, each striving for the
Isthmian crown - a wreath of wild celery.

Winners received a lifetime exemption from paying taxes and serving in the military.
They would also receive free tuition at one of their universities.
Statutes of themselves would be erected along the road that led to the site of the games.

But the real prize was the celery wreath, awarded to the winner at the end of the games.

How I become winners for Jesus? How can I W.I.N. the race of

W ork Toward the Goal

1CO 9:24 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 get the prize. (NIV)

All believers are called to run the Christian race no one is exempted

HEB 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us
throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us.

Thus, all are participants

I must participate
Notice Vs. 24 All the runners run

In order to run the race we must first begin. The great Nike slogan fits here Just Do It

There is no way to win a race if you arent running. To win the race requires that you get in
the race. We cannot serve God from the starting blocks
Winning starts when the daring to begins. It is impossible to be victorious without doing.


I must pursue the prize

We are not just to run we are to run for the purpose of winning the prizewe are to
pursue the prize/goal/Gods purpose

Run in such a way as to get the prize. (NIV)

Run in such a way that you may win. (NASV)

So run your race to win. (TLB)

So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours. (AMP)

Not optional

Run ( trecete - 2nd pers., pl., Pres., Act., Imp.) The command here is to run! Its not to
walk or stop or sit down or coast or just be a spectator. Only those who kept the goal in
mind would have any chance of winning.

In Pauls context run for the prize to win people for Christ

1CO 9:19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to
win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those
under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so
as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having
the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those
not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all
things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the
sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

In the world, only one wins but in God we can all be winners
A great difference between those races and the Christian race is that every Christian
who will pay the price of careful training can win. We do not compete against each other
but against the obstaclespractical, physical, and spiritualthat would hinder us. In a
sense, every Christian runs his own race, enabling each one of us to be a winner in
winning souls to Christ. Paul therefore counsels all believers to run in such a way that
you may win, by setting aside anything that might hinder the reception of the gospel .

In our context see G.R.A.C.E missions statement for individuals and for
church these matters are the things that matter to God.

If we are to win, we need to keep Gods goal in mind (e.g.)

PHP 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not
consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind
and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which
God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Application. Our tendency, we just pursue our own personal agenda (e.g. position,
pleasure, fortune). However, we are to pursue Gods agenda Life is not really about us
it is about God

Not running to win the price not excelling


W ork Toward the Goal

I mplement Personal Discipline

25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown
that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
The Requirements

If we are to win the race we must prepare

If we want to win, we must prepare

Life is full of unexpected events and we must be ready at a moments notice.

If you want to excel as an athlete you must go into training

The same is true of Christianity. We need spiritual workouts Time in prayer, time in the
Word, time in worship

To win the race requires that we are ready.

We must be in a state of constant readiness

We must be ready when God calls us to serve
We must be ready for when we cross the finish line

The secret to success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.
Benjamin Disraeli.

In 1976 the University of Indiana won NCAA National Title. When interviewed about their
success, coach Knight said, the will to succeed is important but what is more important is
the will to prepare (same with Tim Cone of Alaska)

If we are to win the race we are to put forth tremendous effort .

Note the word compete it is very graphic. In the Greek its agonizomai, from where
we get agony. It carries with it the idea of struggling or contending with an enemy.

Illus. How Pacquiao prepares

If we are to win the race we are to exercise self-discipline

25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.(NIV)

The phrase strict training means to exercise restraint or abstinence, especially from
certain foods and alcohol.

e)gkrateu/omai; e)gkra/teia, a$ f: to exercise complete control over one's
desires and actions - 'to control oneself, to exercise self-control, self-control.'
e)gkrateu/omai: pa=$ de\ o( a)gwnizo/meno$ pa/nta
e)gkrateu/etai 'everyone who competes in an athletic contest (or 'in the games')
exercises self-control in all things' 1 Cor 9:25.
(from Greek-English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. Copyright 1988 United Bible
Societies, New York. Used by permission.)

25 Everyone who A competes in the games exercises self-control in all things.(NASV)

25 To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from
doing your best.(TLB)

We not only need to say yes to certain things; we must also say no to that which will knock
us out of the race. In commenting on these athletic contests,

Horace wrote: The youth who would win in the race hath borne and done much, he hath
been hot and been cold; he hath abstained from love and wine. I heard about a stalled
Christian who said this to a mature believer: Id give my life to know the Bible like you do.
To which the seasoned saint said, Thats what it took.

Why Do We Need to Be Discipline?

As Max Anders has said, "Only the disciplined ever get really good at anything." Everything
in life requires some sort of discipline. Whether its hitting a baseball, climbing a mountain,
playing a musical instrument, or making good grades, it all comes down to a matter of

Many people have ambitions that will never be realized, goals that will never be reached,
visions that will never materialize simply because they have no discipline.

A young person wants to become a doctor or an important scientist, but he doesnt want to
buckle down to years of hard study. Many young people would like to achieve greatness in
music but never will because of the long hours of practice required year after year. They
may have the natural talent to play an instrument. Their dreams dont lie beyond their
abilities, but beyond their discipline.

The Christian life is no different. The church is filled with people who would love to be
mature Christians with a tremendous knowledge of Gods Word. But theyre not willing to
pay the price to achieve it.

I think it was the late Gus Nichols that a Christian spoke with and said, "Id give my life to
know the Bible like you do." To which Gus Nichols replied, "Thats what it took." A
lifetime ... of study and dedication. The world is full of naturally brilliant people who will
never be anything more than ordinary because they arent willing to make the sacrifice
necessary to become great. And the church is full of people like that, too.

Ive read that John Wesley traveled an average of 20 miles a day for 40 years. He got up
every morning at 4:00. He preached 40,000 sermons. He produced 400 books and knew
10 languages. At the age of 83, he was annoyed because he couldnt write more than 15
hours a day without hurting his eyes, and at the age of 86, he was ashamed that he
couldnt preach more than twice a day. He complained in his diary that there was an
increasing tendency to lie in bed until 5:30 in the morning.

Trust me, Im not suggesting we all accept that kind of schedule, but its still true that the
person who learns the power of self-discipline is going to be the person who accomplishes
great things.

What Aspects of Our Lives Do We Need to Discipline?

1. We need to discipline our minds, to train ourselves to think.

You say, "Well, I already think." But, in religion today, people dont think. They dont raise
questions. They dont search for answers. They simply listen to what the preacher has to
say and accept that as truth. And thats not just true of folks out there, its sometimes true
of all of us. Paul wrote to Timothy, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a
worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy
2:15). The KJV says, "study". That word "study" literally means to "work hard at it". We
need to discipline our minds in the church.

2. We also need to discipline our bodies.

Paul says that "bodily exercise profits a little" (I Timothy 4:8). Our bodies are all we have to
serve God with, and certainly it makes sense that the better we care for these bodies, the
better we can serve God.
3. We need a disciplined moral character.

"For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable in all things." (I Timothy 4:8). A
disciplined body is of some value, but a disciplined character is of greater value. For
instance, suppose a man determines to become a doctor. It takes years of dedicated
study, involving many long hours. He becomes a doctor and sets up a practice. But he
indulges in drink and immorality. They cost him his reputation, his practice, maybe even his
life and his soul. The discipline represented by years of study in medical school couldnt
replace the much-needed discipline of character.

4. We need to discipline our appetite.

We need to learn to make our body do the things we tell it to. You know what Im talking
about. You say to yourself, "I really shouldnt eat another brownie." And your body says,
"Thank you, dont mind if I do." We dont hear a lot of preaching about gluttony; maybe its
because it hits too close to home for us preachers. Solomon once said, "Have you found
honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit." (Proverbs

I love to eat. Set a table full of good food and I can eat from it all day long. But, brethren,
weve got to learn to discipline ourselves and this is one area we need to begin with. Those
of us who dont smoke are often critical of those who do saying, "Why dont they just quit?"
when ... weve never learned to say, "No" at the dinner table. I dont say that to justify
smoking. But I do say it to emphasize the fact that we all need to learn to control our

5. We also need to discipline our speech.

No matter how self-controlled you are, if you havent bridled your tongue, youve still got a
way to go. James said, "If anyone among you thinks he is religious and does not bridle his
tongue but deceives his heart, this ones religion is useless." (James 1:26). You may have
a disciplined mind, a disciplined body, a disciplined will, even disciplined appetites, but a
loose tongue will get you in a lot of trouble. James also said, "For we all stumble in many
things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the
whole body." (James 3:2). Whether the problem is swearing, using Gods name in vain,
lying or gossip, the solution is self-discipline.

Some people pride themselves on their frankness. "I just say what I think." But, according
to the Bible, thats what a fool does. "A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds
them back." (Proverbs 29:11). Frankness is a virtue when it is coupled with discipline. It
often requires a great deal more discipline to refrain from speaking at all.
6. We need discipline in arranging our priorities.

The problem here is not understanding what is most important. I think all of us as
Christians recognize that God and his church should hold first place in our lives. We all
know the words of Jesus: "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all
these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33).

Without hesitation, we would all agree that heaven is infinitely more important than earth,
that people are more important than things, that developing our mind and character is
more important than entertainment, that being busy for the Lord is better than doing
nothing, that soul-winning is the greatest task we can work at, that righteousness is more
important than popularity. When confronted with those simple alternatives, we know which
one to approve. We would say, "Yes, these are the values that are important to me." The
problem isnt knowledge. The problem is actually giving first place to these values in
practical daily living -- and that is a matter of self-discipline.

Day by day, we select the things that are most important to us. The problem is that were
confronted by so many things that will take up our time, our money, our talents. And weve
got to select. We cant participate in every good work, so weve got to choose. We cant
give to everything and everybody, so weve got to choose. We cant attend ball games and
school meetings and church activities all at the same time, so weve got to choose. We
cant read everything, so weve got to choose.

Our maturity as Christians will be determined exactly and entirely by our skill in selecting. If
were determined to "major in minors", if we show a "first-rate dedication to second-rate
causes", then were never going to mature as a child of God.

We need to discipline then our minds, our bodies, our moral character, our appetites, our
speech and our priorities.

Pauls example v.27a - 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave

Beat literally means to hit under the eye. He figuratively would give his body a black
eye, knock it out if necessary. Make it my slave is from the same root as made a
slave in verse 19. Paul put his body into subjection, into slavery to his mission of winning
souls for Christ.
Most people, including many Christians, are instead slaves to their bodies. Their bodies
tell their minds what to do. Their bodies decide when to eat, what to eat, how much to eat,
when to sleep and get up, and so on. An athlete cannot allow that. He follows the training
rules, not his body. He runs when he would rather be resting, he eats a balanced meal
when he would rather have a chocolate sundae, he goes to bed when he would rather stay
up, and he gets up early to train when he would rather stay in bed. An athlete leads his
body; he does not follow it. It is his slave, not the other way around.

The Reward
Crown that will last forever

25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown
that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (NIV)
25Every athlete in training submits to strict discipline, in order to be crowned with a
wreath that will not last; but we do it for one that will last forever.(TEV)

a&fqarto$, on: pertaining to being not subject to decay and death -
(from Greek-English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. Copyright 1988 United Bible
Societies, New York. Used by permission.)

NT:862* afthartos, aftharton

uncorrupted, not liable to corruption or decay, imperishable: of things, 1 Cor

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright 2000, 2003, 2006 by
Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

If the Olympic and Isthmian athletes exercised such great discipline and selfcontrol
in all things, why cannot Christians, Paul asks. They then do it to receive a perishable
wreath, but we an imperishable.

In the Isthmian games the prize was a pine wreath. The contestants competed for
more than that, of course. The wreath represented fame, acclaim, and the life of a hero.
Winners were immortalized, much as they are today. But that immortality was just as
mortal as the wreath itself, and lasted little longer. Both were perishable.

Christians do not run for a shortlived pine wreath or for shortlived fame. They already
have true immortality. They run in order to receive a crown of righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous judge, will award on that day (2 Tim. 4:8), an inheritance which is
imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven (1 Pet. 1:4). That
prize is imperishable.

But the imperishable requires selfcontrol just as the perishable. No Christian will be
successful in witnessing, or in anything else worthwhile, without discipline. Every good
thing we accomplishwhether in learning, business, artistic skill, marriage, spiritual living,
witnessing, or whateveris accomplished through discipline and selfcontrol.

If an athlete expects to excel, he voluntarily, and often severely, restricts his liberty. His
sleep, his diet, and his exercise, are not determined by his rights or by his feelings but by
the requirements of his training. Professional athletes today often are highly paid. But the
Isthmian games were amateur, as the Olympics are today. Amateur athletes train
rigorously for years, often at considerable expense, for the sake of an inexpensive prize
and the brief acclaim that goes with it.

The athletes disciplined selfcontrol is a rebuke of halfhearted, outofshape

Christians who do almost nothing to prepare themselves to witness to the lostand
consequently seldom do.

The Result (if fail to discipline)

27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I
myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Here is another metaphor from the Isthmian games. A contestant who failed to meet the
training requirements was disqualified. He could not even run, much less win.

The athletes that competed in this competition had to provide proof that they had been
in training for at least 10 months before the contest.

They had to prove that they had spent the last 30 days doing exercises in the gymnasium.

Paul did not want to spend his life preaching the requirements to others and then be
disqualified for not meeting the requirements himself.

Many believers start the Christian life with enthusiasm and devotion. They train
carefully for a while but soon tire of the effort and begin to break training. Before long
they are disqualified from being effective witnesses. They do not have what it takes,
because they are unwilling to pay the price. The flesh, the world, everyday affairs, personal
interests, and often simple laziness hinder spiritual growth and preparation for service.
Even good things can interfere with the best. Fulfillment of freedoms can interfere with
fulfillment of love. Following our own ways can keep others from knowing the Way. Souls
are won by those who are prepared to be used when the Spirit chooses to use them.

from a pastor: When I was younger I thought that my depravity was relatively slight, was
always in sight and was therefore easy to keep at bay. Much older now, I am sobered
upon being confronted with the arrears of sin that remain in me. As sin-riddled as you have
undoubtedly found me to be, can you imagine how Id look if I were devoid of spiritual
discipline? Spiritual discipline will be needed for as long as you and I are Spirit-born
children of God whose identity in Christ is contradicted by the hangover of our sinnership.
Then spiritual discipline will be needed until we are released from the conflict. Please dont
tell me that all of this sounds too intense. Paul insists that without the most intense
training, the athlete will find himself disqualified.

W ork Toward the Goal

I mplement Personal Discipline

N eglect trivial activities

26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the

Verse 26 tells us we should live our lives with purpose and direction:

If a runner had any chance of winning, he had to stay on course. He couldnt be like
Forrest Gump and just run. He had to do so with purpose. Paul then switches metaphors
from the field of running to the wrestling or boxing ring. This sport was more like Ultimate
Fighting Championship (UFC) cage matches. The boxers would wear gloves covered with
knots and nails and filled with lead and iron. It wouldnt make much sense to be armed for
battle and just be boxing the air, would it? Its the idea of totally missing when a punch is

Are you efforts empty? Are you spending your time on things that just dont matter?
Someone has said that too many of us show a first-rate dedication to second-rate
causes. And we really need to fight this inclination this is what natural to us

D.A. Carson: People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people
do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the
Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and
call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of
lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude
ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and
convince ourselves we have been liberated.

Paul lives a purposeful life focusing on what really matters

I am to spend substantial time on what is important

Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the 10,000 Hour-Rule in his book, Outliers. He
believed that greatness requires the giving of enormous timeapproximately 10,000

The Phenomenon From LondonOr From Germany?

One of his examples was The Beatles.
The Beatles is the most successful band in the history of music. You must
forgive me as I will only tell you what I heard from others. Growing up, I actually
never heard The Beatles. Im only familiar with Charise Pempengco and Sarah
Geronimo. (Wink.)

Some say The Beatles were very successful because they were simply super

Not completely true.

Talent isnt enough.

Talent is over-rated.

Do you know of very talented people who are unsuccessful?

I do. I also know there are millions of them around.

According to Gladwell, The Beatles were successful because of what happened

in Hamburg, Germany from 1960 to 1964.

What was so special about Hamburg, Germany?

Not that they paid well. (They didnt.) Or that they had the best equipment. Or
that they had the best music scene.

Hamburg was special because of the huge amount of time you were forced to
perform every single day.

In Hamburg, if your band was hired by a club, theyd make you perform from
Monday to Saturday, 8 hours a day, non-stop.

Do the math. If The Beatles performed over 1,200 times, multiply each
performance by 8 hours. Thats 10,000 hours of playing time in a span of 4 years.

So by the time they came back to England, The Beatles sounded like no one
else. And the rest was history.

I repeat: Give your 10,000 hours in one area, and you unlock your greatness in
that area.

Why He Became The Richest Man In The World

Bill Gates is another example of the 10,000 Hour Rule.
How did he become the richest man in the world?

Was it because he was a super genius?

Or was it something else that happened when he was a kid?

In 1968, Bill Gates was only 13 years old when he attended a private high
school. It was one of the very few high schools on planet earth that had a computer in
its campus.

Bill Gates was only 13 years old when he fell in love with the computer. He
was totally fascinated by it. He couldnt do anything else except write computer

When everyone was sleep, he would sneak out of his house at midnight, run to
the school, slip into the computer room, and use the computer until the wee hours of
the morning. Hed go back home before dawn to get ready to go back to school.

Remember what I told you that successful people are a little bit crazy? Thats
Bill Gates.

By the time he hit 18 years old, he already logged in 10,000 hours of computer
programmingat a time when very few people in the world even knew what a
computer was.

Let me give you some of my examples.

Put God First;

Give Him Your Ten Thousand Too

Heres my final message: Give 10,000 hours to your relationship with God.

Put God first. Prioritize Him. Seek Him first.

I dont want to complicate things, so let me just put three things before you.

Heres Number One Thing: Give at least 10 minutes a day to connect to

I recommend reading the Bible everyday.

To know what to read, I suggest you use a Bible Guide

Even if you dont understand what the Bible is saying, just read. Just clock in
your 10,000 hours.

In due time, youll understand.

Heres my second recommendation: Join a prayer meeting every week to

nourish your soul.

Make it a non-negotiable item in your schedule.

And heres Number Three: Give your time to God by serving Him in the
people around you.

No more relaxation (?)

How can I win the race of life?

To win the race of life, we should focus on matters that matter to God
and run according to His rules

W ork toward the goal

I mplement personal discipline

N eglect trivial activities


1. Commit to attend and participate in corporate worship every week.

2. Begin a Bible Reading plan.

3. Purposely care for those in need.

4. Determine to live out your faith at home by reading the Bible and praying with
your family.

5. Get to know someone new every day and look for ways to share Jesus with them.

6. Give 1% more to the Lord this year as compared to last year.

7. Serve in a ministry at least once a week.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have
kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

1 Cor 9:24-27
24 A Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives B

the prize? C Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who A competes in the
games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable B
wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I A run in such a way, as not without
aim; I box in such a way, as not B beating the air; 27 but I 1 discipline A my body and
make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be
disqualified. NASU
1 Cor 9:24-27
24 Don't you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize?

So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize
that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every
step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to
do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be
Holy Bible, New Living Translation , copyright 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable
Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

1 Cor 9:24-27
24 You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one

wins. Run to win. 25 All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that
tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally.
26I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it
everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! 27 I'm staying alert and in top condition.
I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing
out myself.
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language 2002 by Eugene H.
Peterson. All rights reserved.)

1 Cor 9:24-27
24 In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to

win. 25 To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you
from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a
silver cup,2237 but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. 26 So I run
straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I'm not just shadow-
boxing or playing around. 27 Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly,
training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after
enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand
aside. TLB

1 Cor 9:24-27
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives

the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.
25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and
restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we
[do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.
26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one
beating the air and striking without an adversary.
27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships]
and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things
pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and
rejected as a counterfeit]. AMP

1 Cor 9:24
24 Do you not know that those who are running in a race are indeed all running, but

one receives the victor's award? Be running in such a manner as the one who won the
race, in order that you may obtain the victor's award. Everyone who participates in
the athletic games exercises constant self-control in all things, those, to be sure, in
order that they may receive a perishable victor's garland of wild olive leaves to be
worn as a crown of victory, but as for us [we engage in Christian service, exercising
constant self-control to obtain] a victor's garland which is imperishable. As for myself,
therefore, I so run, in no uncertain manner. I so swing my fists, not as one who, when
fighting, misses his opponent, merely beating the air and not striking a straight blow
which finds its target. But I beat my body black and blue and make it my abject slave
lest somehow, when I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified [from
further Christian service].
(from The New Testament: An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest Copyright
1961 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. All rights reserved.)

1 Cor 9:24-27
24 Surely you know that many runners take part in a race, but only one of them wins
the prize. Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize. 25 Every athlete in training
submits to strict discipline, in order to be crowned with a wreath that will not last;
but we do it for one that will last forever. 26 That is why I run straight for the finish
line; that is why I am like a boxer who does not waste his punches. 27 I harden my
body with blows and bring it under complete control, to keep myself from being
disqualified after having called others to the contest. TEV