I watched a bit of the Olympics.  I saw victory and defeat.  Joy and sadness.  But in every case, each athlete dedicated themselves to hard work to achieve a moment in history.  However, not every athlete was able to achieve moments of victory.

The apostle Paul must have been an athlete or at least he grew up a spectator of sports.   Here is a paraphrase of what Paul writes, “Do you not know that in a hockey game all skaters skate, but only one team gets the prize?  Skate then in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.   Physical training is of some value, but a Christ-like character has value for all things.  They do it to get a crown that does not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”  

  As much as I like sports both as a player and a spectator, I would much rather go for the everlasting crown of glory.  This is a feat that all may participate in and enjoy the victory.  

This is one of the core aims of FAA to help every student develop a Christ-like character through the grace of Jesus.  With this kind of character, they will be able to compete in the great’s competition, life.”