Today's Devotional Thought
August 03, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
Discipline & Dedicated
I don't know about you, but watching the Olympics is very motivating for me. As I watch these young, fit, dedicated athletes, I am finding myself very motivated to become so much more disciplined in my life than I am.
I was watching this week and a commercial from Citibank came on. And in this commercial, you see different athletes training in their respective sports and the voiceover goes like this:
Take a day off? I don't even take a morning off.
I haven't ordered dessert in two years.
You know that best selling book everyone loves? I haven't read it.
I haven't watched TV since last summer. Hey, I've been busy.
Citi is proud to sponsor our dedicated U.S. Olympic athletes, every step of the way.
As I listened to that commercial, I was so struck by how much these Olympics athletes give up to be great at their sports. Such self-control. Such discipline. Such dedication.
Imagine if we were that dedicated to the Lord?
Imagine if we didn't take a morning off from our quiet times?
Imagine if we didn't read that best selling book because we wanted to spend that time getting into God's Word?
Imagine if we turned off the television to spend more time doing things that honored God?
Discipline is so important. It is so important to Olympic athletes and it is so important to our walks with the Lord. When an Olympian stands up on that starting block or gets ready to jump onto that balance beam, if they have not trained in a disciplined way, they will fail.
And the same is true for us and our daily walks with the Lord.
Proverbs 25:28 tells us that "A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls." And I Corinthians 9:25 says "Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable."
If we are going to run this race of life with endurance and peace and righteousness, we must spend time training ourselves in the way of the Lord. Without this discipline and self-control to learn more about Him, we will be left defenseless when the attacks of life come. And we will be left unprepared when our tests and trials arise.
I don't know about you, but I want to compete well in this life. I want to finish strong and know that I did my best to live in a way that was honoring to God. I want to be able to say that I was disciplined enough to do what I knew had to be done to prepare myself for the events of life. That I gave up television, extra sleep in the morning, and countless other things to fill myself with God's Word and his training for this race of life. I want to train well.
We are all athletes in this life. Train well, dear friends, train well.