“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14 New International Version (NIV)
At two years old, Katie had no idea why everyone was dressed up for Trunk or Treat at church. And she was wide-eyed when she saw the amount of candy going around. That was more sugar than she had ever seen.
All she knew was that she got to dress up as her favorite cartoon character, “Minnie Mouse.” That meant a great deal of polka-dotted skirt twirling.
Katie’s House Parent and teen mom were so excited when Katie won a prize for her costume. They handed her the small gold trophy and got ready to take a picture.
But Katie didn’t smile. She put the trophy next to her cheek, holding it like a mobile phone. Can you hear Minnie now? She was confused, because she had no idea what a trophy is, or why she would want one.
Understanding the prize
It occurred to me that this is the same kind of disconnected feeling many of our kids have when they first come to Bethel. In many cases, they have no idea why Christians should press on for the goal Paul mentions in Philippians 3:14.
That’s because no one has ever told them about the prize.
Over time, as their House Parents and teachers pour the love of God into them, they start to understand what’s at stake in the choices they make. They discover Jesus. Then, they get it. They understand the prize.
Sharing the Good News
One of the greatest things we experience here at Bethel is the look on a teen’s face when that light bulb turns on. It’s never forced. But it’s our prayer that every one of our kids comes to understand this.
Knowing the value of the prize makes a difference in their lives today, their future here on earth, and their path to eternity. Thank you so much for making that possible.
If you are feeling tired and struggling with something difficult today, remember the value of the prize God has placed before you. Whatever your situation, the best is yet to come. Press On.
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