Tag Archives: christian trials

The Promise of Suffering

2 Corinthians 1:8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure…  A friend hears you’re competing in marathons and decides that they’re going to do one.  You share all your stories of the comradery […]

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 […]

A Consistent Life

2 Timothy 4: 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. The Dana Foundation is a private US philanthropic organization whose goal is to advance brain research.  A study, Mental Preparation of High-Level Athletes (by Kayt Sukel, July 23, 2012) interviewed key […]

Trained for Competition

Hebrews 5: 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. I have many memories of sitting in cold arenas watching my son’s ice hockey practises.  These were generally elite teams so the coaches took the practises very seriously and spent significant time on a […]

Perseverance: Enduring Patiently

Revelation 3: 10a Since you have kept my command to endure patiently…  Having competed in a number of endurance races in my time I can appreciate stories of perseverance of distance event competitors.  Having experienced various physical and mental strains during multi hour or even multi-day competitions, I can still vividly remember the battles that raged […]

Finish Well

1 Corinthians 1: 24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  I recently watched a video of the ending of a prestigious college track & field meet.  This particular race ending has received considerable attention, viewed by […]

The Price of Long Term Rewards

Psalm 17: 14aBy your hand save me from such people, LORD, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. Anyone who has pursued elite sports understands the concept of sacrifice, the idea that you must give much up in order to achieve athletic goals.  There may be some sports phenoms who can […]