Words from the Heart for Thursday August 4th, 2016

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.

1 Corinthians 9:25 (NLT)

Being Disciplined

Runners prepare for the race with hours of training, both physically and mentally. The goal is to finish strong. How are you running? Are you pressing on to the end? Ask God to give you strength today to keep running faithfully to the end!

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Devotion

The CBC published a report earlier this year that focused on doctors who had faced professional disciplinary action. Surprisingly, many of them are allowed to continue practicing. The report stated that “Doctors in Canada who engage in improper behaviour with patients — everything from inappropriate comments and relationships to unwanted touching and sexual abuse — are frequently given a second chance to continue practicing.” Over the last 15 years, at least 250 doctors have been disciplined across the country for a litany of patient boundary offences. Fewer than one-third lost their license, and about half of the doctors continue to practice today. In fact, CBC has identified 28 doctors who have been cited more than once for inappropriate behaviour with their patients. Five of them continue to practice. According to the disciplinary data, more than 380 patients have been involved in inappropriate interactions with doctors.

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The opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympics take place tomorrow and I can only imagine all the frantic activity that is going on right now as the organizers put the final touches on both the opening ceremonies and all the events that will take place following. It has taken discipline by so many people to pull off such a huge undertaking. This is most true of the athletes. Those who make it to the Olympics are at the top of their game and are among the most disciplined people on the planet. In a spiritual sense, would you be considered for the Christian Olympics? What do I mean by this? In 1 Corinthians 9:25 we read “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” I have a friend whose father won some Olympic medals and she showed them to me. They are family keepsakes. But did you know that you can by an authentic silver medal from the 1972 Munich Olympics on ebay for $15,000? As Paul says, prizes won in human competition soon fade. But prizes won in the kingdom of God are eternal. They are awarded for living consistently by Kingdom principles and loving others with the love of Jesus Christ. We should all long for the day when we cross the finish line and hear the Saviour say “well done, good and faithful servant.” That award will last for eternity.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley