Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. — 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
The road to greatness is never easy and will not arrive anytime soon once you started. It requires hard work and perseverance. Michael Jordan had a hard time qualifying for the varsity team of their school, but he never stopped. He practiced hard everyday until he’s been qualified to play in the NBA. It required discipline. Now he’s called a legend and known as the greatest basketball player of all time.
There are also many obstacles in life, and similar to athletes, we train our bodies with discipline and then we move forward. It may be difficult to see the finish line. We don’t know when and where it will be, but the thing is, we must continue the race. As long as we breathe, it’s still too soon to quit. Let’s not forget that we have a coach — Jesus will give us strength to endure.
Let us also run the race of life with faith that does not waver even when we see a long marathon track. If we want greatness in life, we must endure the hardships and trying times. We must beat our bodies to exercise self-control in all things. Remember, greatness in life will not come easy, but if we endure and live with discipline, it will not be too far from happening.
Reference: Our Daily Bread 15-Day Edition