Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Not that I did "strict" training, but recently finished third in my age division in the Sedalia (Mo.) Half-Marathon. The award sits on a shelf in the same room I'm typing up this blog entry. I don't run to get awards, but it's pleasing to win one from time to time.
The verse from 1 Corinthians is a good lesson from Paul. Awards - like this one - received on earth will eventually turn to dust. God's awards are eternal.
Stroke survivors often struggle to do all they can. Sometimes, earthly prizes are appreciated. But remember that the true award awaits, promised and ready.