In Basketball, you win by getting the ball in your hoop more times than the other guys. Pretty simple.
There are other rules, too, like how many steps you can take, or how you can touch other players.
But those other rules are all in service of the greater: getting more baskets.
But here’s the interesting part. When the game’s over, almost nobody talks about the big thing–how many points were scored.
The discussion always finds the little things. Fouls, players’ attitudes.
And many times, these are the things that are remembered.
Paul writes it like this: “Run in such a way as to get the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24).
It’s not just about the prize. It’s about how we get there, too.