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Day 31

The Table Campaign, 35 Day Devotional

Rachel Bartlett, Parkview Event Care Coordinator

Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-25.

I was never crazy about running. I was the girl who took shortcuts during the mile at school. As an adult, I’ve gained a greater appreciation for it. Or, maybe, just what can be accomplished through it. 

I ran two races in less than a week this spring. I ran a 5k to benefit Refuge for Women, which supports women who have been trafficked or sexually exploited. I’ve had the privilege of working at Refuge for Women, and I know the challenges the women have overcome. The following weekend, I ran the Team World Vision Global 6k at Parkview, which provides clean water for communities in developing countries. On my race bib was a picture of a little boy from Uganda named Derrick. He turned five years old a week before the race. 

During both races, when my body got tired, I remembered why I was running. Every step I took was a step toward freedom for women; every mile was a mile less for Derrick to walk for clean water. Thinking of the ways other people’s lives would change was my motivation to finish strong. 

What is the prize you are working toward? Are the blessings temporary or eternal?

How do you find the motivation to stay committed when things get hard?

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