Words from the Heart for Saturday August 7th, 2021
I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:27 (NLT)
In February 2004, Canada’s 13 winter National Sport Organizations, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Sport Canada, WinSport Canada and the Vancouver Olympic Committee, all met to develop a plan that would become known as Own the Podium – a mission to harmonize all parties and provide top-up funding to high-performance programs to help Canadian athletes aim to be the number one nation at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and in the top-three of the gold medal count at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
Getting to stand on an Olympic medal podium takes hard work and complete dedication. Olympic athletes are singularly focused on the goal – to stand at the top of the podium, watching your nation’s flag come down and your national anthem being played. The early morning workouts, the careful diet, the mental focus are all with the goal in mind. The apostle Paul has all of this in mind when he writes this in 1 Corinthians 9:27: “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” Paul understood the necessity of living in line with what he taught. He says that this takes a singular focus, it takes spiritual discipline, it takes ingesting into our souls the right spiritual food – food that brings health to our entire being. Just as physically we have to say no to junk food if we want to be healthy, so spiritually we need to say no to every bit of junk food for our souls that is permeating our society right now, and feed only on the Word of God, which brings health.
These have been words from the heart.