“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (NLT)
A few months ago, I started teaching kickboxing again. I taught it years ago and started missing it, so we brought it back. Much of a cardio kickboxing class is punching and kicking into the air. Within each class, though, I bring out the mitts and paddles. I bring them out so that the participants can feel and experience an actual punch — actual contact — and therefore experience the need for purpose and power in each punch and kick. Experiencing the actual purpose of each movement allows for greater purpose to be given in each practice punch and kick. The goal is not to aimlessly fling arms and legs around, but to have an intended target, a strike-zone … focused effort and power and purpose in each movement.
And so our lives should be. Focused. Intentional. Filled not with flinging arms and aimless energy, but with purpose and power in each step. This is what God, through the words of Paul, is suggesting. To live aware and alive and intentionally, with purpose in every step.
Sometimes it is hard to live that intentionally. We get tired. We get hurt. We lose focus or get discouraged. We are, after all, still human and in a fallen condition. But if we know Jesus, we get up. Because with Jesus, we have Hope and we have Life in us. We get up, and we continue pursuing purpose in every step.
Being disqualified is not an option.
And so we continue on, training our bodies, our minds and our souls. Regaining our Focus. Remembering our Purpose. Submitting all of who we are to the only One who can truly transform us. Offering ourselves as living sacrifices … and trying not to crawl off the altar.
Purpose. In each step.