Hebrews 12:11-12 ” No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.”

Maybe, as I did, you watched the Olympics this Summer and were astonished at the tremendous ability, strength, and endurance the athletes possessed. But little did we know about the years of training and preparation they had gone through prior to the actual Olympic Games…the hours of becoming fit and proficient in their sport…sacrificing everything for the chance to represent their country. And I can only guess they’d be the first to agree that their training sessions weren’t always pleasurable and fun…but they were necessary to succeed and reach their goal of standing on the podium with a metal. So let’s apply these thoughts to this Scripture…for both speak of training and discipline. Just as they did at the Olympics, you represent Christ to the world, and in order to represent Him to the best of your ability you must be willing to train. And training means a lifetime of endurance, courage, and perseverance as you prepare and focus on the goal. For some glorious day you too will be standing on a podium…a heavenly podium, and hear these words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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