Superintendent and Secretary/Treasurer's Message

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run,

But only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Everybody likes to win the Prize. However few are willing to put the hard work, dedication and discipline which the Prize demands.

In the Ancient Roman Empire, athletes stripped down to a simple loincloth so that nothing prevented them from running their best race. Referring to it, Apostle Paul writes: Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. How about you? Do you just want the fun of being in the race, or are you running to win? To succeed at being what God has called you to be, you will have to abstain from certain things, even enjoyable things, and do other things that support your goals and help you to fulfill your God ordained purpose. Sometimes this will mean saying no to well- intentioned people who try to involve you in things that steal your time and produce the wrong result. It will also mean dealing with snares that entangle you. You have to ask for God’s forgiveness and press forward. Those who pay the price get the prize! St. Paul knew he couldn’t win the race without first bringing his body, mind and emotions under the control of God’s spirit. The same goes for you. And you can’t expect somebody else to make you do what’s right; you must listen to what God’s saying to you, and take action.

All those who have won in the race of life, have to discard whatever is holding them back or diverting their attention, mentally fix their goal and relentlessly strive towards it. As poet Longfellow aptly penned, “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept were toiling upward in the night.”

May our Lord grant you wisdom and courage to finish the race and win the prize.

Thomas T Roy
Superintendent and Secretary/Treasurer
Lott Carey Baptist Mission in India