Competitors are focused on creating positive outcomes in the gym. Even on bad days, they leave their garbage outside and enter the workout with a determined mindset. They understand that a negative attitude in the gym can be toxic and contagious, affecting themselves and those around them.
Additionally, they recognize that anything less than their best performance is unacceptable, as it hinders their ability to strive toward excellence.
NBA legend Michael Jordan said out of outcomes, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Competitors are like skilled mountaineers, climbing the rugged peaks of their ambitions with unwavering determination. They push through the thin air and treacherous terrain, their eyes fixed on the summit. Even when their muscles ache, and their lungs burn, they refuse to give up, knowing that the breathtaking view from the top is worth the struggle.
But what about spiritual outcomes? As Christians, how can we cultivate an environment where God’s kingdom can flourish?
In Corinthians, Paul says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
There are various things we can do to stand firm, such as live out our faith. What does this mean?
It means that we are Christians at all times. We let our words and actions reflect our faith.
Living out our faith means that we are like a tree firmly rooted in the ground, with our beliefs and values as our roots. Like the branches of a tree that bear fruit, our words and actions should bear the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. By living out our faith, we can be a a beacon of hope and light in a dark world.
1. Commit Mark 11:24 to memory.