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Suffering for a Little While

1 Peter 1: 3-7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  If you have competed in sports you understand the concept of feeling uncomfortable.  Whether it’s doing a core workout, hill workout, or running lines, I’m certain you remember the […]

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. One of my pet peeves is when someone says that the secret to becoming an elite athlete, whatever the sport, is effort.  “If you believe in yourself, dream big, and put in the effort, you will achieve your goals.”  Those […]

It is, and Continues to be, Finished!

John 19: 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. If you have competed in an endurance race, you can probably relate to some common pre-race emotions.  They are usually some strange combination of excitement and dread.  Excitement because, along with throngs of […]

What Color Is Your Brother?

Colossians 3: 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Few people are unaware of Jesse Owens.  Winning 4 gold medals in one Olympics puts most people on the map, but the backdrop to Owen’s story is even more intriguing.  […]

Forgetting what is behind…

Philippians 3: 13b-14 But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Growing up in Canada I have always appreciated the various seasons.  Many complain when the white stuff hits the ground, but […]

You Need to Persevere!

James 1: 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. We built a new home on the edge of my in-laws’ property in the countryside.  We had left a city with 100,000 people and now the closest “big” town had 1,800.  As our youngest son had a real interest […]

Choosing Gratefulness

2 Corinthians 11: 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Serge Ibaka is a power forward on the surging Toronto Raptors.  Watching him play under the glitter of the NBA lights and the thousands of adoring fans, you would miss the humble and challenging beginnings […]

Glory in Our Sufferings

Romans 5: 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Each February I’d compete in a 50km X-Country Ski race in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, and I could usually count on the conditions being miserable. A race rule was that you couldn’t start the race until it had warmed […]

Is Happiness Your End Goal?

1 Peter 1: 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” A website and app, www.happify.com, is dedicated to helping people build skills to find happiness through science-based activities and games.  Of no surprise to athletes, they identify […]