Devo: Run to Win

“Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

A common refrain in sports and in leadership is “playing not to lose.” This describes a team that is hoping to run out the clock in a cautious, unstrategic manner. You can often recognize the timidity and the lack of belief in the ability to win. I must admit, that I have fallen prey to this so many times in my leadership. Instead of  aggressive, wholehearted action; passivity, avoidance, doubt, fear sets in and victory is hard to imagine. Here are some other comparisons.

Running Not to Lose vs. Running to Win

  • Maintains the Status Quo 
  • Avoids Hard Things 
  • Avoids Decisions 
  • Fear based leadership 
  • “What might happen if”
  • Cautious leadership 
  • Half-hearted leadership 
  • Timid leadership 
  • Passive leadership 
  • Fear of failure 
  • Fear of others opinions 
  • Easily distracted 
  • Purposeless, lack of drive 
  • Gives up easily
  • Changes the Status Quo 
  • Does whatever it takes 
  • Makes decisions with certainty
  • Risk taking leadership
  • “What might happen if we don’t”
  • Aggressive leadership 
  • Wholehearted leadership 
  • Bold leadership
  • Active leadership 
  • Values and Learns from failure
  • Changes others opinions 
  • Focused leadership 
  • Mission Driven 
  • Presses on to the finish

Which list describes your current leadership?

The big question that determines whether I’m running to win, is often, “DO I BELIEVE I CAN WIN?” As believers, this takes us back, not to what we believe about ourselves, but what do we believe about God and His promises? That’s what Paul, in 1 Corinthians 9:23-25, was focused on. His focus was not on himself, but on the life-changing gospel (vs. 23), and the eternal reward promised by God to those who run to win (vs. 25).

  • What areas do I need to pick up the pace in?
  • What am I avoiding? 
  • Where do I appear fearful?
  • What does my distraction say about my current mission focus and drive? 
  • What have I given up on? 
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About Lane Corley

I am - Follower of Jesus Christ - Husband to the beautiful and patient Heather Corley - Father of two young men: Jackson (17), Hudson (13). And one Princess: Katherine Jubilee or “Kate” (7) - Church Planter / Church Planting Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - When I can I’m reading, gardening, deer hunting, on mission with my church. - Hoping to be helpful to others & fruitful for God.

Posted on September 9, 2019, in Devotional. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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