Sport Principle 26: Be single-minded

About the Sport Principle

Sports scientists used to think success was achieved by being focused, but not obsessed. They are now convinced you need to be obsessed. Four years before the London 2012 Olympics, one of our fencers made a big choice to make sure every last little decision in her life was made with one thing and one thing only in mind: Olympic gold in London. Of course, that affected her training, but everything else too: what time she went to bed, what she ate and didn’t, where she went at the weekend, and what time she came home, etc. Was she obsessed? Yes. Did she succeed? She won Olympic silver. You decide.

Application to Life

This week’s thought is very simple and short. As men of God, we’re working towards something so much more worthwhile and saturated with purpose, so much more history-making and eternity shaping than a mere Olympic silver medal, or gold for that matter. How much more motivated should we be to build God’s Kingdom and partner with Him as he builds His church, as we keep our eyes and hearts fixed on Christ, rather than earthly things, that ultimately mean nothing. I have nothing more to say this week. My prayer is that this brief thought helps you to reflect on your reason to get up in the morning. May you be filled with a new Holy Spirit infused sense of purpose as you prayerfully reflect on the first 4 verses of Colossians 3:

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1-4.

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