And yet... there is something about that look on an athlete's face when the national anthem is played.
From welled up tears to smiles that can't be stopped, they remain completely focused on their flag and song as they do their best to mouth the words without breaking into a full cry of joy. All of their hard work has paid off... and everything makes sense.
Imagine what that would look like for Jesus Christ and his church.
Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:26-27)