By Michelle Medlock Adams, iBegat.com Content Editor
“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.” (1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV)
Every time the Olympics roll around, people all over the world gather around their television sets and watch the greatest athletes in the world go for the gold. It’s an amazing time.
Olympic athletes make it look so easy, don’t they? The gymnasts stick their landings with ease. The runners whip around the track like graceful deer. The ice skaters jump and spin—all with smiles on their faces. What we don’t see when we watch the televised competitions are the grueling hours at the gym; the early morning workouts; the injuries along the way; the sacrifices they’ve made; and the price they’ve paid to become super athletes.
If you’ve ever been on a sports team, then you understand the importance of training. Juma Ikangaa, the 1989 NYC Marathon winner, once said, “The will to win means nothing if you haven’t the will to prepare.” Preparation is key—physically and mentally—for athletes.
The same is true for Christians. We have to train and prepare by reading the Word of God and spending time in prayer. Becoming “buff” spiritually-speaking will help you succeed in the plans that God has for your life. No matter what hurdles lie ahead, you’ll clear them all if you’re prepared. That doesn’t mean there won’t be challenges along the way. Just like super athletes pull muscles and suffer setbacks, you’re sure to encounter trouble in this life; however, you’ll come through a winner if you keep your heart filled with God’s Word and maintain a winning attitude. You may never be a member of the Olympic team, but as a member of God’s team, you’re destined to win!
Michelle Adams is a successful and award-winning author. She teaches at writers conferences across the country and shares her love of the written word with aspiring writers. Visit Michelle at www.michellemedlockadams.com