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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries
May 24, 2018
Consider the Odds
Verse of the Day
Message from Pastor

Friends in Christ,  

In the time of St. Paul, the people in Corinth were very interested in sports. Next to the Olympic Games, the most important games were the Isthmian Games. The Corinthians were very familiar with this gathering for various footraces which happened every other year.

 

The prizes for the winners are thought to have consisted of wreaths made of green laurel vines. Winners would wear the wreaths on their heads for everyone to see. It was a great honor to do so. Many runners put a lot of effort into preparing to run the races and then running in them. They certainly hoped to win the prize.

 

When St. Paul wrote to the Christians at Corinth, he drew upon their interest in the Games and the races, and their knowledge of what was involved in attaining the prize. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it” (2 Corinthians 9:24). Of course, Paul was not talking about the laurel wreath, but the eternal heavenly prize. Knowing how important a runner’s attitude is, he spoke like a coach encouraging the runners before a race.

 

Paul’s words were not only for those who believed in Jesus in Paul’s own time. The words are also for us. The apostle would want us also to be excited and focused, running the race of living out our lives as God’s children. Paul encouraged us to get up each day and put on Christ and His righteousness – the clothing we receive in Holy Baptism. We wear our “running shoes” and know that we are marked with Christ’s victory. Each day, we run our race, believing that we have the best Coach (God), a great race plan (God’s word), and the prizes above all prizes (forgiveness, life, and salvation)!

 

 

                                                                                                                         Pastor Burger 

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ABOUT GROWING OLDER…

 

 

First

Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.

Fourth

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra

Fifth

You know you are getting old when it is easier to forget.

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Sixth

I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Seventh

One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Eighth

One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

Ninth

Being young is beautiful but being old is comfortable.

Tenth

Long ago, when men beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it’s called golf.

And, finally

If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old.

 

 

Pastor Fred Naumann, retired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Pastor Fred Naumann, retired