I have been watching the NBA playoffs, and tonight I watched an incredibly good game with some amazing athletes on both sides. The drive and the extreme effort to win is so obvious and can’t help but get me all stirred up. In the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 9:24 Paul says that those who run a race exercise self control in every area of their life so they can win a prize that won’t last. I have been reading lately about the hours and hours of physical training and practice that the players on the Warriors basketball team put in and as a result they set a new NBA record of 73 wins in the season, Steph Curry set a record of 402 3 pointers this season and won the MVP for the second time in a row with a unanimous vote, something that has never been done before, and now they are headed to the championship series for the second time in a row. In the celebration tonight after they won the seventh game of the Western Championships after being down in the series 3 to 1, it was obvious that the whole team was having fun and very much enjoying the experience of winning. Paul goes on to say that followers of Jesus are striving to win and ought to be exercising self control in every area of our life for a prize that will last forever. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says we will all stand before Jesus after we die and we will give an account to Him on how we have lived our life and He will reward us for the work we have done for Him during our lifetime. We take those rewards with us right into eternity. The basic gist of our reward is glory and praise from the Lord that lasts forever. Every morning I declare to theLord that I will live that day as if it is my last before I stand before Him and am rewarded. I want to win !