Like lions hunting, athletes possess a relentless drive to capture the trophy of success.
Driven by our belief in ourselves, we fight with hunger and determination to achieve what we’ve earned.
But victory to us is a way of thinking and life. It doesn’t also mean that we walk away with first prize, but it does mean we put in the effort and time necessary to capture our prey as a lion does.
The legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi, has a great quote about drive. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.”
We all get hit hard enough by life that it knocks us down occasionally. But the difference between a competitor and an everyday person is we get up and train our minds for when the next time something comes unexpectedly, we may sustain an uppercut to the ribs, but we keep our feet planted on the canvas.
Can you remember a time in your life when you didn’t have the drive to do what was needed? How do you feel in that moment? We have to remember those kinds of times define who we are. Also, when we give up and decide not to keep moving, it makes it much easier for The Devil to discourage us and for his hopeless and soul-sucking thoughts to enter our minds.
But we can find the drive we need, recognizing it requires deep commitment. And we know how Jesus responds when we commit. He doesn’t ignore us or wait to bless us. No, the Scripture says he establishes our plans. Proverbs 16:3 reads, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
1. Commit Acts 20:32 to memory.