1 Corinthians 9:25, GNT “Every athlete in training submits to strict discipline, in order to be crowned with a wreath that will not last; but we do it for one that will last forever.”
Everything that we do in life ought to be done in the consciousness of Christ’s purpose for our lives because it is in Him we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Life is a race; not a race that puts us in competition with others, but a race towards the attainment of all that God had laid out for us in Christ Jesus. Because life is a race, we must live it with the intention to win―receiving the promised imperishable crown.
Success in anything is a product of discipline. It requires training oneself in a series of habits that will produces desired spiritual, mental and physical improvements. The legendary Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys (two Super Bowl titles (VI, XII), career record of 270 wins, 178 losses, 6 ties record, and 20 consecutive winning seasons (1966–1985), an NFL record that remains unbroken and unchallenged) once said that the job of a football coach is to make the players do what they don’t want to do, in order to achieve what they’ve always wanted. Winning football games and ultimately the Super Bowl was what the players wanted but the long and intense hours of practice and conditioning were unpleasant.
In the same way, you must be the coach of your own destiny. Paul said, “I am like a boxer who does not waste his punches” (verse 25). Are there certain things you do that are a waste of your effort? Your efforts need to be directed towards your purpose in life. Identify 5 habits today that you will make a part of your daily routine. A few examples are a decision to pray, meditate on God’s word, exercise, read non-fictional books, learning to be decisive, to be skillful and positive in the use of words. Make them specific and measurable, and for the next 28 days follow through with them even though they may be dreadful and may greatly inconvenience you.
Scriptures to Meditate: Prov.12:1; 24, Ps.25:4; 119:164, 1 Tim.6:12, 1 Cor.9:24-27
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