Fifty Books

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippian 3:14

Bobby and I are trying to teach the boys to set goals, and then to work to accomplish them. Chase doesn’t like to read much. He looks at comic books and he will spend several hours studying the pages, but I’m really not sure how much reading he does. He spends a lot of time looking at the pictures.

I want him to enjoy reading, and so I’ve allowed him to spend most of his reading time on comics, but there comes a time in everyone’s life when we have to lay down the easy stuff and work a little harder. This summer is Chase’s time. I wanted to give him a good incentive, though, to spend some time reading a little harder material, chapter books, with very few, if any, pictures.

We’ve set a goal for Chase to read 50 books before his birthday, which is August 7. If he does this, he gets a Wii for his birthday. Now, the books don’t have to be really thick. He read one of the Magic Tree House books on Saturday and it only took him about an hour or so to get through the 75-80 pages.

Chase can read well … he chooses not to, most times. But now, he is reading. He was actually fighting Carson for a book a little while ago. It is so cute. Because now he has a goal, and there is a great prize at the end.

Sometimes in our walk of faith, we choose to take the easy route. We know that there is some harder stuff that God wants us to accomplish, but it’s just so much easier to do things the way we’ve always done them. There are a lot of different scenarios we can relate this to, but the bottom line is the same … God has a great prize for us, when we hit our goal — life eternal with Him.

James tells us: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)

I want to press on …

Father, thank you for your promise to us, the crown of life! How very cool. Lord, I know the challenges can be difficult, but the ultimate reward is the best … life eternal with YOU! And Jesus, please give Chase the fortitude to follow through to his goal. Not so he gets his Wii, but so he sees the satisfaction of working through the challenges.

I Love You Jesus.
In Your Name I Pray,

God Bless You!


Submitted by:
Joyce Schneider
A Life Decision



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