We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Lindsey Strickler.
“Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”
2 Timothy 2:10
Today we’re going to be doing a FAITH + FITNESS Workout. We publish these twice a month and they are designed to help strengthen you body, mind, and spirit.
Ever met a poor winner? Poor losers are expected, but not poor winners. I am not excusing the behavior of someone who loses and acts like a baby and dishonors the spirit of competition, however, poor winners are a bit more surprising, are they not? We expect competitors in CrossFit and all throughout sports to win with grace and humility. Yet once in a while, we see a winner rub it in his competitor’s face, make it all about themselves, or take the opportunity to kick his opponent while he is down.
All the sacrifice, all the pain, all the enduring for what? To lord yourself over someone else? When I see such behavior, I am not inspired, but instead, I am discouraged.
The difference between sport and life is that, unlike in sports, we will not see how the finish inspires or discourages the spectators we leave behind.
Click here to read the rest of the FAITH + FITNESS Workout.
Heavenly Father, I know there are areas of my life that need to be refined and changed for you. I want to live a life that inspires people to come to know you and challenges them to grow in their relationship with you. But, I know to do that, there are things in my life that I need to surrender. Please open my eyes to those areas of my life and give me the courage and boldness to act on it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Spend time journaling and reflecting on the following questions:
- What was the workout like for you? Did God reveal anything to you while you did it?
- Jadi shared two frightening thoughts, what did you think of them?
- What will my loved ones find after I die? Will it inspire them or discourage them in their faith?
- What will I have to show for my life after the judgment?
- In what ways were you challenged by in today’s message?
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