Why is it? When we watch Olympians on the victory stand. Simultaneously smiling and crying as their countries’ national anthems are played. Something stirs deep within our souls.
Perhaps it is Papa reminding you and I of the unique destiny He has planted in each of us.
Although many dream of going for the gold— their destiny. They lack the steadfastness, patience and dedication to cross the finish line. In a culture that chases instant gratification, not excellence. Developing a disciplined, self-controlled life is formidable.
Time, hard work and self-denial are viewed by many as inconvenient and unnecessary. But for those earnestly seeking transformation. They separate the winners from the losers.
Winners routinely make difficult and courageous decisions.
Persevere when the emotional high disappears, and they are left with only hard work.
Continue to pursue their destines despite financial and relational risks.
Shrug off others ridicule, doubt or lack of support.
Discipline their emotions, tongues and thoughts when all hell is breaking loose.
Live a life of excellence even when breakthrough appears distant and unattainable.
If you are going for the gold, whatever you do. Do not raise the white flag and surrender before you reach the finish line!
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed. The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
New King James Version