Our 11 year-old son Caleb just finished his All-Star baseball season. This was his 2nd year being an All-Star and he learned a lot! Their team did very well, but did not make it to state this year (They did last year.) But they battled for it! They played 6 nights in a row, and lost to the same team twice. They were tough! Caleb had a great time being with older boys-- they were all 12 & under. He was the only "under" being 11. But he held his own and played very well!
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God..