In my last post, we began to examine a passage from 1 Corinthians 9 which Sha’ul used the Corinthian Olympics for some timeless insights in the adventure of life. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 9 that there are four things it takes to win in life.
- It takes desire. We must want to win.
- It takes direction. We must focus on a goal.
- It takes discipline. We must be willing to work.
- It takes determination. We must never give up.
We examined the first two principles in my last post. In this post, we will tackle the last two principles in creating a winning life.
Sha’ul says: It takes discipline.
We must be willing to work. In 1 Corinthians 9:25 he says: “Now every athlete in training submits himself to strict discipline, and he does it just to win…” Notice he says they use strict discipline. In other words, they have to practice self-denial.
These two words – discipline and self-denial – are not exactly popular words in the American culture. How many of you go home and think, “I think I’ll meditate on the word self-denial. How about discipline?” Continue reading “The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Defeat ~ Part 2”