Photo by The U.S. Army
I love the Olympics, winter in particular. I love the breath-taking talent of the ski jumpers, the cow bells cheering on the lugers and downhill skiers, and of course, I love watching the partners figure skating.
Have you ever thought about how much work goes into those few mere seconds or minutes of athletic display? With their particular Olympic games repeating only every four years, these men and women dedicate years of practice to often seconds of potential glory.
Stellar athletes' lives are dedicated to their sport. They wake up early and head to bed early, they shun foods some of us eat daily, and while some of their friends are out having a good time, they're at the rink or the slopes, perfecting their game.
We, too, are athletes.
Yes, we are also mothers, and friends, and neighbors, and hard workers, but we are also in a competitive game, and that game is called Life.
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. -1 Corinthians 9:24-27"
We compete for the glory of God here on earth. As we battle our opponents, both visible and not-so-much, we hope in the assurance that our side does win, and that the evil side does lose.
But we need to make our team as big as possible. We want millions to relish in the glory of Goodness that was displayed at the cross.
Photo by Kevin Dooley
When you're in the midst of cooking dinner, or running errands, or answering email, are you in training? As an athlete in the most crucial game of all time, are you taking care to build up muscle strength, intake healthy food and water, and get the rest you need?
It's not legalism, it's staying in shape. Read your Bible, converse with the Father through prayer, enjoy community with like-minded friends, and take special notice of your relationships with those who believe differently. A little every day keeps your body fine-tuned.
Because when the game gets really hard — like in the Olympics — only the strong enjoy the thrill of playing. Would you rather play in the game or watch from the sidelines?
I know where I'd like to be. So I better keep working out.
What does athletic training look like in your life?Leave a Comment
Nicole at Burning Bushes says
I love the idea of athletic training compared with our walk with Christ. For me, it looks like waking early to have some time alone with the Lord before I greet my little ones. It also looks like seeking to turn my frustrations and thoughts throughout the day toward God…lifting them to Him as prayers rather than just thoughts or worries.
I wrote about striving to have greater HOPE and long for this type of excellence today…here at
kay curry says
Thank you for this encouragement! I have been building up muscles lately by praying a passage from the “Daily Spirit Blessings” (from Arthur Burk and Sylvia Gunter) daily.
Only a few days ago I put this little booklet down next to the vitamins and other strengthening medicine I am taking during my studying for the final exams. I intended to pray it once every time I take those tabletts. Suddenly I realised that just the same as we take special preventive measures during tough times I also need to strengthen my spirit regulary and specially when I am in a hard part of the “race”. Because it’s not my feelings that will help me carry on but a strengthened spirit! Now I’m even more determined to keep “working out” like that! Thank you!
To Think Is To Create says
Awesome analogy, Tsh. Hadn’t thought of life this way…such gentle nudging on my spirit is so needed. Thank you.
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Friday Words of Faith inspired by the Olympic Games | A New Kind of Normal says
[…] Our Imperishable Wreath Photo by The U.S. Army I love the Olympics, winter in particular. I love the breath-taking talent of the ski jumpers, the cow bells cheering on the lugers and downhill skiers, and of course, I love watching the partners figure skating. […]