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Better? Or More Disciplined?

Posted by Julie Morris on

While watching the Olympics over the past few weeks, I have found myself marveling at how the athletes make the competition look so effortless and natural. It's easy to attribute their accomplishments or their abilities to their being blessed with a certain physique, or having natural skills, or even being from a certain culture or country. I can assure you that I would fall embarrassingly short in any attempt I could make at matching these athletes in their respective sports. We look up to them, we admire them, and sometimes we try to be like them, but almost always we "know" deep down that they're better than we are.

As Christians, we sometimes make the same kinds of assumptions about others within the church. We look at people who know Scripture, who are confident in their faith, who are active in ministries, and who are involved in church in many other ways, and we often see them as "better" Christians than we are. Maybe their habits and actions are a result of being raised in a Christian home, or a natural ability to understand things more quickly. But does that mean they are "better" than you or I are? Or that God loves them any more than he loves us? Not at all.

Throughout the Olympic coverage, the sportscasters commented often on the athletes' training and dedication. These athletes repeatedly decided to practice for hundreds of hours and make many sacrifices in their personal lives to get the gold. U.S. gymnast Simone Biles was quoted as saying she missed out on high school football games and dances, but it was well worth it after winning three world championships and now four Olympic gold medals. It is her discipline and practice that enables her to be the elite athlete she is today.

This should remind us as Christians that even though others make it look easy, it actually takes hard work and sacrifices in our lives to receive the ultimate prize.

"I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me" (Proverbs 8:17, ESV).

At The Bible Chapel, we believe it is important to be good stewards of the gifts God has given us, including our bodies. The discipline we are able to develop in our physical health directly relates to the levels of self-discipline we are able to exhibit in our spiritual lives as well.

This fall, the Sports Ministry wants to help you kick off each week with an opportunity to grow both physically and spiritually. The Bible Chapel Running Club will be meeting Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m. beginning September 12 at the Montour Trail access point at Maplewood Drive and Valleybrook Road near our South Hills Campus. All walkers, joggers and runners are welcome to join us!

For more information, email . And for more information about our Sports Ministry for kids and adults, visit the Sports page of our website.

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