1 Corinthians 9:23-27
23I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
24Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
25Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
26Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;
27but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
Anyone who ever tells you that you shouldn’t give 100% for any reason hasn’t read this chapter. Once you find the race that God wants you to run, run it to win. When a sprinter runs a race they do not look left or right, only to the finish line. Focus on your actions and making a strong finish. Do not listen to others who may try to dictate what race you should run, search for the will of God. The Holy Spirit will lead you to your race. Our prize for following Christ in obedience above what the world may tell us to do will be both here and in the afterlife. We receive blessings here, but the true everlasting prize is when we reach the Kingdom of God and spend eternity with Jesus Christ. So, as Christians, we must daily discipline (not a popular word today) ourselves and control our actions. Have a goal, a finish line. Run toward that goal to win, with God as your strength and counselor. Know why you are running, the real prize at stake. Finally, discipline yourself to stay the course and finish the race no matter what.