Saturday, February 15, 2014

Going For Gold

Okay, I admit it.  Every two years I put a lot of life on hold to focus on the Olympics.  I love everything about watching those athletes compete for the chance to win a medal.

So today I was wondering what it would be like if Operation Christmas Child shoe box packing had some sort of Olympic competition.

There would be competitors in various events like Combined Bargain Shopping,  Super Team Recruitment, Powerful Praying, Giant Box Stacking, Carton Lifting, etc.

Truthfully, most OCC volunteers are competing in multiple events like this on a weekly basis.

Then there are our counterparts in the receiving countries who excel at Strategic Customs Exoneration, Creative Carton Transportation, Super Storage, Team Distribution--well, you get the idea.

Thousands of OCC staff, volunteers, and shoe box donors around the world are all competing on the team to get millions of boxes to children in the name of Jesus.

We aren't in it for something as trivial as a gold medal.  The stakes are much higher than that.

I've been struggling in recent months to motivate myself to focus on the job of Operation Christmas Child so I needed a reminder from Paul today.

In 2 Corinthians 9:24-26 Paul says, "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may win.  Everyone who competes in the games executes self-control in all things.  They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.  Therefore, I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box (or pack boxes) in such a way, as not beating the air."

It's time to get back into training, huddle up my team, develop a ministry plan, and run straight to the goal in His power.

Because this race matters for eternity.

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