What Champions Have in Common

By: Waylon Bailey ~

Yesterday was a fun day for me.

We started the day with worshiping with our brothers and sisters at First Baptist Church Covington.

After lunch, we joined with many of the church family and other churches in our area for the regional speakers tournament and Bible drill held at our church. It’s always a thrill to see children who know how to use the Bible.

I told one of the boys in our church how proud I was of him. I also told him that this hard work he’s putting in will reward him for the rest of his life.

It was especially exciting to see my grandson Chase move on to the state drill.

Martha and I then watched the final holes of the Masters golf tournament. We were amazed to watch Jordan Spieth, age 22, lead the Masters for seven consecutive rounds before falling behind. At age 22, he has played in three Masters Tournaments and finished 2nd, 1st, and 2nd. That’s quite a run.

steph curry champion

Later last night we checked on the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors, the two best teams in the National Basketball Association. Martha loves the NBA.

Steph Curry and the Warriors are trying to become the team with the most wins in NBA history.

What do all of these events have in common?

They demand discipline,commitment, endless hours of practice, and hard work

No wonder the apostle Paul told his young protégé Timothy to train in Godly living.

In our worship yesterday, we noted that the Greek word for “train” is the same word from which we get the English word “gymnasium.”

You can quickly see the significance of the word. We are to train, practice, and work hard as we move toward Godliness.

Godliness is our goal. It is God’s desire for us. The Word of God tells us to train – – practice – – Godly living.

Like the Masters champion, the best basketball players in the world, and Bible drillers, we must dedicate ourselves to train for Godliness. Godliness doesn’t just happen; it comes by our deliberate desire.

This is the goal of the Christian life, and it is the command of our living Lord. God desires that we become like Him.

Paul said if athletes can train and run to win a temporal prize that won’t last, how much more can we train and run to win an eternal reward.

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Have a great week!