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This will be a rather difficult point to illustrate, please do bear with me.

In a marathon, the medal does not go to the person who arrive at the destination first, but to the one who covered the race distance first. There is a differentiation here. Anyone can cross the finishing line first; they can even take shortcuts in attempt to cross the finishing line before me. However, I will get the medal if I’m the one who ran and completed the full distance.

Hence the medal given is for the process (of completing the distance), instead of the result (of crossing the finishing line first).

Here’s the reason for this key distinction:

It’s not about the results, but the process. Good results are the natural byproduct of good processes. You can fake the result, but you cannot fake the process. There is no shortcuts in life, especially in Christianity.

Hard truths…