ED's Devos: Going For The Gold
A few Sundays back when the Olympics were in full swing-the first weekend, actually-the pastor of my church was using the Olympics as a teaching tool to show us an example of how we should be training, being a Christian, and how we are to "go for the gold".
We are running a race that doesn't require actual physical running, but spiritual training for a spiritual race. The race we run as Christians will not be easy. Nor should be expect it to be. A race that we run may not be straight; it might be curvy, bumpy, hilly, or straight up crazy hard. In any path we run, our training needs to prepare us for whatever we come up against.
I love what 1 Corninthians has to say about running the race: "I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 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" (9:23-26).
What do you run your race for? For the fame? Or for Christ? You know, our athletic ability isn't all that;s is required. We need more than just physical training. We also need training in the biblical sense. We are called to compete, but to do it well. And if we are weak in our faith, how can we expect to compete and finish and win gold? And the gold we are going for, since we are going for the gold in this race is an eternal prize. One we will receive in heaven and a confidence and humility we will receive in our hearts.
I know how hard it is to find that spiritual athlete. Dig him/her out and go for the gold. It takes courage, strength, determination. If you don't have the best trainer, or the drive, then you'll end up in last place in the game.
Eating Disorders are tough, mean, cruel, hurtful. That's their mold. It's not easy fighting them. Getting through the day without giving into the urges. But I challenge you, and everyone, to dig into the word and train hard to become the athlete you were born to be. If you starve yourself both spiritually and physically, you are doing more harm than good.
By igniting your spiritual fires you are giving yourself something to look forward to-something that's up ahead. When we, as Christians see ourselves as players in an Olympic game, it gives us a new understanding and exhilaration for the Christian life, as spiritual athletes.
Go for the gold and train hard! Don't look back and fight for your place in the game. That 1st place medal. The screams of the crowds. The ability to just live for the next day.