Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Training For Success - (a devotional I wrote that was published in Sports Spectrum)

Every professional athlete knows it. To reach his highest potential, he must train his body for success. Did Kobe Bryant, Albert Pujols, or Adrian Peterson get where they are by sitting on the couch eating potato chips? No, of course not! From an early age, these current superstars began training their bodies and minds for success.

Whether they were building up their stamina or toning their muscles, they knew that by training themselves they would dramatically improve their chances of being successful.

Are we taking the necessary steps of becoming successful Christians? Are we reading the Bible and praying? Are we spiritually toning our minds by attending Bible studies and memorizing verses?

A couple of weeks ago, an older friend gave me this analogy. Picture your relationship with God as a milking stool. Each leg on the stool plays a vital part. Take any leg out, the stool will fall. If we don't read the Bible, pray or attend church every week, our relationship with Christ will suffer.

Strive to grow your relationship with Jesus Christ. For in the end, all that will matter are the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

-- Joshua Magnuson