The Olympics are over and the athletes from the United States did a wonderful job. It was nice to see a lot of the winners give the glory to God.

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To become such a good athlete takes a lot of time each day. Michael Phelps spends six hours, six days a week in the pool and working out. Simone Biles does about the same with thirty-two hours per week dedicated to her training. In order to be an Olympian, you must live and breathe your sport.

Imagine if Christians spent at least that amount of time on their faith. Yet, we barely remember Jesus once the first thing upsets us in the morning.

Matthew 6:33 says But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Most people enjoy the second part of this passage without wanting to do the righteousness part. And in order to be righteous, we must keep God at the forefront of our lives.

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Too often we shout out his praises for an hour on Sunday then spend the rest of the week with the world acting like everyone else. We worry about how to get through a day of work instead of asking God how He will use us to His advantage. We fear sharing our faith, not wanting others feel uncomfortable. We fear showing we’re believers to others.

But we shouldn’t be afraid to pray in public or read our Bible during lunch, especially if it keeps Jesus at the forefront of our minds. We need to do whatever it takes to become a Spiritual Athlete and go for the gold for our Savior.

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If you find yourself a bit irritated or overwhelmed, it’s a sign that you’re spending less time with God and more time with this world. – unknown

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If we want our life to be Christ-centered, we must put God first. Make Him our main focus. Even on our bad days. The devil will try to toss things into your day to keep you from thinking of God, but you must persevere. Keep your mind focused on Jesus, and no matter what comes up you will get through.

Make today the day you begin your regiment of being focused on Jesus Christ. Here’s an idea, set your cell phone for every fifteen minutes just to say “Thank you, Lord.” How wonderful it would be for a bunch of phones to start going off as a reminder of the one true God. What a great way also to break the ice about our faith when asked about the ringing phone.

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Are you ready to become a Spiritual Olympian? Then do whatever it takes to focus on Jesus Christ. Eat, drink, and breathe Him. What a difference it would make in our communities, country, the world, if every waking moment we have God in our hearts and on our minds. It  would be mind blowing.

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I was listening to a news story about a Hello Kitty Restaurant that had opened in California. Some of the lines went so long; there was a four-hour wait. Then there’s the Frozen ride at Disney – five hours to get Hello Kittyon the ride in some instances. And we’ve all heard about people who wait days, sometimes even weeks, for the latest electronic gadget.

If we can do this for a ride or for bragging rights, then why can’t we do it for God? Anything we ask of God, we expect faster results than a cup of coffee in our Keurig® coffee makers.

With God, we should wait with patience like we do these other things. James 1:4, Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

It’s all about accepting God’s timing.

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Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams. – T. D. Jakes

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Concert ticketsI recall when I was younger I used to spend the night outside to get concert tickets. I loved the waiting, talking with other fans. As I’ve gotten older, my priorities have changed. I no longer care to be the “first one” to see the movie or to get the latest “big” thing. Those things are not important to me these days. But I have no choice but to wait on God. He will do what He will in His time, not mine.

Everything must be done according to His plan or we could end up like the Israelites going through the desert to the Holy Land. Some never made it. And the more we complain, the less unbelievers will believe what a wonderful God we have.

Waiting is hard. I thought I’d be retired by now on my book sales. Proof that it’s not my time yet, but I know God has a plan for me. And as long as I trust in Him, things will come together. And they will come together for you also if you just give God time to fulfill His plans for you.

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