Bring Home The Gold

“All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize”.

1Corinthians 9:25

The Olympics in Rio are over and the medal count totals are in. The United States came out on top with 46-gold, 37-silver & 38- Bronze for a total of 121 medals won. China came in second with 70 total medals, 27 of them being gold. Many of you watched the competition and even day dreamed about… What If I Could have….
Imagine if you were selected to participate in the next Olympics. You received a call from the Olympic Committee who, through their records, determined you were the most qualified to win a gold medal in the marathon. This is your big chance. You picture yourself walking through the opening ceremonies with the most elite athletes in the world, waving to the crowds, and accepting your medal. In your head, you hear the national anthem being played and know, without a doubt, this is your destiny.
But then reality sets in. You can’t run a marathon right now. You haven’t trained. Even if you try really, really hard, the best you could do is maybe crawl across the finish line. You can’t even remember the last time you ran around the block, let alone around the city. In order to run a marathon you will have to turn your life around. You will have to enter into a life of strict and disciplined training. You will have to sacrifice. No matter how hard you try, you must train to be successful.
The Christian life is the same. We can try really hard to be good Christians, but in the end unless we are training we cannot finish strong. It is important in life to study the Bible, Pray, even endure through hard times, Seek God for Wisdom, Learn, Grow and Sacrifice. It is all part of training. We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus’ example of living faith.
Each day we must choose to train,
With Love,
Bro. Clayton