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What’s Your NEW PR?

Imagine… it’s that glorious day that each believer waits for. You have been called home to Heaven and are standing before the awesome throne of the LORD. The book of life is opened, and He scrolls its pages looking for your name. Suddenly, He stops, looks up, and asks, “What is your marathon PR?” [1] As a Boston qualifier you let out a thankful gasp, thinking you’ve got this in the bag (also thankful that eternity seems to hinge on a race time versus a calculus problem). You smile and, as humbly as you can, share, “2:56.” In response to your time, does the LORD smile and give you a high five, or does He close the book and send you to the lake of fire? [2]

Regardless of what you think the LORD may do in the above, extremely made up scenario, I have some news that many of you will find as either a comfort or surprise. While I cannot say for absolute certainty, I am extremely confident that your PR in anything WILL NOT get brought up in Heaven! Nor will your race finishes or podiums, trips to Kona, or the number of times you’ve beat __________ (fill in the name of anyone in your community with whom you have a ‘healthy rivalry’).

The point of this little scenario is simply to remind us all of why we race. While we are all called to steward our blessings well, including our physical gifts, competing with excellence; we must keep our eyes and hearts on the prize. Don’t let a PR, or some other race-related goal, become your practical idol. Please don’t sacrifice your family for a little more training time. Please don’t rob the LORD of His tithe so you can buy more aero equipment or finance a trip to Boston. Please don’t withhold sharing the Gospel in an effort to be better liked by your training partners. May our sole goal be giving the LORD the glory He deserves, faithfully following our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lastly, in regards to PR’s, I’ve got a new possible suggestion. Instead of striving so hard for Personal Bests, what if we focused on Praise Reports? How did we glorify the LORD through our training and racing? How many did we serve? How did He bless us and those around us? Who did we encourage in Jesus’ name? How did we share the Gospel? Who did we pray with or for? What trial did He give us strength to overcome and how did He bless our efforts? How did we humbly and reverently give Him all glory and praise for this day? While none of this gets our name in the book of life [3], these are eternally focused PR’s that just might get brought up in Heaven.

“Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah!” Psalm 150:6
For God's Glory,

[1] PR = Personal Record, also referred to as PB or Personal Best, is your best time for completing a certain event.

[2] For the complete Gospel message, what will actually make a difference in regards to your name being in the book of life, please see

[3] We are saved by grace, through faith alone in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8-9). Works listed here are only potential evidence and fruit of a Spirit-filled life. Again, for the complete Gospel message, visit

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