I believe his thoughts were based on these two scriptures:A great many people thoroughly enjoy watching a good game; the most popular seems to be base ball. Few of us realize that we are in a game ourselves right now, with many people watching us and hoping that we will win. But
some of uswe are losing, because we are so much interested in watching others play their game, and forget that itwe ought to be much concerned about winning ourselves. You ask "what game are we playing?" Our very life is a game, some win, and some lose. There is always reward for the winner. The prize for the winner of life's game is of unspeakable value; words cannot describe it.
Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:1-3)God compares our life to a race and those who have successfully completed their journey before us are the "cloud of witnesses" cheering us on. I wonder if my mom and dad see me from heaven and are cheering me on. It's kind of a cool thought, isn't it?
The other verses that I think my dad was thinking of when he wrote his are:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:13-1)What a good message to keep in mind as we begin a new year! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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