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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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