Frank Wins the Prize

Frank came running in from school with happy news. Some of his friends in the fifth grade would be playing basketball this year in a local boys club league. He wanted to play, too, so he asked his parents to fill out the forms and pay the fee.

After a few weeks of irregular practice sessions, the boys were feeling discouraged and several were going to quit. Worst of all, the coach wasn't always present. Frank had come home one day feeling that he'd better quit too. Since he was only a fifth grader, and the A team would be made up mostly of sixth graders, he wouldn't be playing much anyhow. So why not quit?

He and his mother talked about it. They read the Bible verse where Paul says: "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." Phil. 3:13, 14; They saw that this was the real challenge, for him to see himself as God's perfect son and then to see his coach and the other boys in this same light. This was reaching forth and pressing toward the mark for the real prize.

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Relief Now
July 10, 1976

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