WALKING THE TALK

Posts tagged ‘Olympics’

Winning the Race

 

Outline: Winning the Race

  • Who is in the race?
  • What is the race?
  • How do we run this race?
  • What is the prize?
  • Why do we need to run the race; do we have a choice?
  • What are the obstacles?
  • How do we overcome the obstacles; how can we be victorious

 

Who is in the Race?

Every Believer, every Born Again Christian has been placed in the race by our Lord Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour we become children of Almighty God and we are entered into the ‘race’

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”
John 1 verse 12

“…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”
Hebrews 12 verse 1

 

What is the Race?

As believers we are all running a race, a race to live a victorious Christian life.

The bible commands us to be Holy even as He is Holy… (1 Peter 1:16)

We are expected to be light in this dark and perverse world… (Philippians 2:15)

We are the only bible that many people have to read… (2 Corinthians 3:2)

We are to witness to others; we can only do this effectively if we ourselves are living victorious lives.

We are to follow in the steps of our Saviour, Jesus ran His own race, He went to the cross, our own race is to showcase His goodness to those around us.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12 verse 1-2

How do we run this Race?

We cannot run the race in our own strength, the bible tells us that without Jesus we can do nothing, so we need to depend on Him

There are rules and regulations guiding the race we are involved in and these are found in the Word of God.

“An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.”
2 Corinthians 2 verse 5

Some of the instructions are:

  • We must be Holy
  • We must be examples of the believer
  • We must keep our eyes on Jesus
  • We should not habitually sin
  • We must be malleable and flexible in God’s hands (Living sacrifice)

 

What is the Prize?

The prizes that we are competing for are crowns in heaven, commendation from Our Father and from Jesus (well done my good and faithful servant… Matthew 25:23)

“Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”
1 Corinthians 9 verse 25

 

 

Why do we need to run this race; do we have a choice?

Jesus Himself has placed us in this race and just like He did the will of His Father while on earth we are required to do the will of our Saviour

But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
John 5 verse 36

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
John 9 verse 4

There are so many people and beings watching us that it is imperative that we run a successful race and glorify our Saviour. We don’t have a choice, we are in the race and we must endeavour to run it victoriously.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12 verse 1- 2

 

What obstacles do we face as we run this race?

  • Sin
  • Our Flesh – we need to put our flesh under
  • Detractors – People who want us to take our eyes off the ball
  • Enemies – Satan and his cohorts
  • The cares of this world

 

How can we overcome the obstacles, how can we be victorious?

  • By drawing near to God (James 4:8)
  • By spending time in prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • By spending quality time reading and studying the Word of God
  • (2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11)
  • By spending time in praise and worship (Psalm 34:1)
  • By spending time waiting on the Lord i.e. fasting (Matthew 17:21)
  • By spending time fellowshipping with other believers in a full-gospel church (Hebrews10:25)
  • By surrendering to the will and purpose of God for our lives (Psalm 40:8)
  • By disconnecting from people who hinder our walk with God (Psalm 1:1-2)
  • By having a heavenly focus (Matthew 6:33)

 

May we all be winners in Jesus Mighty Name!

You are the best 🙂 LolaA

Advertisements

HOPE

 

H – Having

O – Only

P –Positive

E – Expectations

What are your expectations in life what are you gunning for?

Life tends to have a mix of all sorts of things, the good, the bad, the ugly, the pleasant, the unpleasant, the mundane, the exceptional and all sorts of other things thrown in for good measure.

Wikipedia defines hope as the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. It say’s despair is the opposite of hope.

I believe that hope is one of a number of essential ingredients that make for a successful life. Some of the others are hard work, commitment, dedication, focus, specific goals, specific time frames………………etc., etc.

Hope is great; it allows us to have positive emotions and a positive mental attitude. But just hoping things will turn out right doesn’t really cut it does it? Like it or not we actually have to go out there and put in the necessary effort to ensure our positive dreams become reality.

I’m sure any one of the Olympians / Paralympians will tell us it has taken years of hard work, years of training in the good times and in the bad, commitment to diets, sleep regimes and total focus on their desired outcomes for them to eventually stand on the podium and be hailed by millions. Some of their colleagues, who we may never hear anything about, may have fallen by the wayside. The going got a bit too tough for them and they gave up on their dreams, not being able to endure the stress.

Today I ask you what are your hopes, what are your dreams? Can you write them down make them concrete, tangible, which is often the first step in them becoming a reality!

The second question I ask you is, are you willing to give all that it takes to enable those hopes of today to become your reality of tomorrow?

One important thing is that our hopes and desires should be in line with what the Lord wants for us. The bible says in Proverbs 10:28 “The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish” (ESV).

It is the desire of our Father for us to succeed, but He wants us to do so in a way which is right by Him. He wants to be able to endorse our plans and thereby assure us of success.

So maybe the third question should be; will your hopes glorify the Father? If your answer is yes, then you can rest easy, knowing that one with God is majority and victory will surely be yours!

Summer is coming to an end and even 2012 has started seeking out its good-bye handkerchief, but we are not done yet. Your hopes for 2012 can still be fulfilled, so don’t give up, the hurdle may be a little high, but you can scale it, you can push through and come 31st December 2012 you can present yourself with your very own gold medal.

I wish you all the very best in your pursuits for the rest of this year and may your expectations never be cut off!

God bless, LolaA

LET THE ‘USAIN BOLT’ IN YOU SHINE THROUGH

For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come. (1Timothy 4:8)

 

The Goliath of Athletics
When I see Usain Bolt I think of Goliath and Usain is definitely a giant of athletics. He’s a legend and he’s got his ‘double double’. Two times Olympic gold medal winner in the 100metres sprint and two times Olympic gold medal winner in the 200metres sprint. The first man to ever do so, a big thumbs up to him, as some would say more and more grease to his elbows.

The truth is, there’s an’ Usain Bolt’ on the inside of each one of us. It might not be a sprinting Usain Bolt and it might not be a swimming Michael Phelps but there is definitely something there that sets us apart from everybody else. Something unique about us, just like our finger prints and DNA are unique.

Greatness is Lurking in the Dark
If we have not yet discovered what our own ‘Usain Bolt’ is then we need to dig deep, maybe go on a voyage of discovery and come up with our very own ‘New Found Land’, our very own utopia.

It doesn’t have to be sports, definitely not, it could be teaching geography; fixing cars or making money from the stock market, but it’s in there somewhere. Your own talent, something you love and something you’re good at…..You may not be the best, not yet, but that is where the ‘Bolt’ factor comes into play.

Ask anybody who is any good at what they do, it took and still takes hard work and no, it didn’t just happen overnight.

If you want to talk about being the best, that’s a different story altogether. That is a story of discipline, hard work, commitment, sacrifice, midnight candles, no nights out, no TV, etc. etc…….

Is it hard? Yes! Does it pay off in the long run? Yes, yes and yes! Just ask Usain Bolt, he feels on top of the world right now and he deserves it cause he’s worked hard. And after working hard what did he do? He worked a little harder. He put in the time, he learnt his trade, he put in the effort, he trained hard. He blocked out the pleasures of life for seasons together, he focused, yea he focused on his dreams, he saw with eyes of faith his ‘double double’ and he pursued it relentlessly.

Was there opposition, there was plenty, opponents were many, sowers of doubt were ten a penny, but Usain kept his eye on the prize. With unflinching determination he stayed the course, in the good times and in the bad, in the sunshine and in the hailstones.

It doesn’t matter what’s thrown at you, what you do with what’s thrown at you is what will determine your position in life, your position in history, even if it’s just the his-story of your family.

Decide to make it a story worth telling!

It’s an Olympic year and Usain Bolt has made history in 9.63 seconds and then he did it again in 19.32 seconds, but those seconds were backed with many many years of preparation. It flashed before our eyes but in truth it was a long arduous journey.

 It’s the year 2012 and we are spectators in Usain Bolt’s story, many of us only took part in the clapping event  L    

Make Your Story a Good One!
However we have our own stories to write and we cannot afford to be spectators. We cannot afford to allow others to write us ‘in’ or write us ‘out’ at their whims and caprices. We are the lead actors and we must determine to set the pace, to lead and to lead from the front.

By our actions, our determination, our focus, our refusal to take no for an answer, our refusal to rest on our oars and our refusal to be put down, we can take hold of all that life has to offer us.

Usain Bolt has come, he has seen, and he has conquered.

We also have come, we have seen and continue to see and by the grace of our Saviour we too shall conquer!

May the ‘Usain Bolt’ in you shine through!

Listen it’s the rumblings of thunder……Now is as good a time as any for your ‘Bolt’ of lightning!!!  

 

Need to dash, my 9.63 seconds are waiting, LolaA

 

P.S. Just heard on the radio that Usain Bolt sent a twitter message to the effect that he couldn’t have achieved what he did without God. Nice one Usain (y).

Victory

Better Than Your Best

An Unpleasant Experience
I want to believe that almost all of us can remember a time in our ‘former lives’ when for some strange reason we couldn’t do things that normal members of the human species found unbelievably easy. Let’s for a minute go back to the pre-tech age, i.e. the ‘70’s or ‘80’s and let’s imagine you’re 7 or 8 or there about. You’ve asked your Mum if you can have beans-on-toast for lunch and she has kindly obliged you. She brings out 2 slices of bread and places them by the toaster, you wonder why she doesn’t place them in the toaster as they will take a while to toast and you’re already hungry but you don’t say a word.
Then she hands you a small tin of baked beans and a can opener and says “why don’t you open the beans?’ Easy enough you assume, afterall you’ve seen her do it hundreds of times. You place the beans the right way up on the table, you take the opener and proceed to make the initial opening in the can. This is supposed to be easy but the can opener seems to have gone blunt, or it just can’t stand your face…..There seems to be a conspiracy against you having beans with your toast, maybe your Mum is even in on it as she still hasn’t put the bread in the toaster.

What on earth is wrong with this can opener?
The weather is such that you need to wear a sweater but because you’ve begun to sweat you decide to take the sweater off, now your arms can move better, but the opener still isn’t cooperating.

Your Mum comes over, “let me show you how it’s done she says”. You watch with four eyes, even though you only have two, and no you don’t wear glasses. “When you put the opener on top of the can you have to press the two ends of the opener together exerting some force in the process”, she says and performs the actions as she speaks. She opens the tin about half way and hands it back to you “want to have another go?” You nod your agreement; it’s the best response you can manage.
Unfortunately that was not to be your lucky day; you don’t seem to be able to make any progress. By this time your Mum has begun to toast the bread, she takes the half-opened can from you and empties the contents into a saucepan to heat the beans. She hands you back the empty can and tells you to be careful not to cut yourself as you give it another go. This time as you use all the energy you can possibly muster you are able to make a few holes on the top of the can but fail in your bid to bring them all together.
“Good try” your Mum says as she hands you your beans on toast and takes the can and opener away. Never has beans-on–toast tasted so good. “We’ll keep trying till you get it” you hear your Mum say in the background.

Try and Try Again
That is exactly what happened; you kept trying under your Mum’s patient (and sometimes not so patient) guidance, until you finally mastered the art of can opening.
Today, should the necessity arise, you could probably open ten cans in as many seconds. Unfortunately we now live in the age of high-tech, can openers for the most part have been consigned to the rubbish dump and you may never get to showcase your can opening skills.
However life always has a way of presenting us with challenges and just like can opening, we need to face those challenges, overcome them, master them and then move on to greater challenges.
That is a very big part of what life is all about, mastering our challenges and sometimes those challenges are massive, I mean massive!

Overcoming Challenges

I’m guessing you’ve heard of Oscar Pistorius of South Africa otherwise known as the ‘Bade Runner” Here’s a few facts from his website:

Oscar Pistorius is a world champion sprinter who has broken his own world records some 30 times. A fierce advocate of Life Without Limitations and a bilateral amputee, he is the first ever Paralympian to win Gold in each of the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints (Beijing 2008), and his international reputation as the “fastest man on no legs” is gaining momentum with every race.

In a few days time Oscar will be competing in the 2012 London Olympics and this time along side able-bodied competitors, having fought for the right to do so.

If I admire anything I definitely admire his ability and will power to keep on pushing ahead, to push through no matter the obstacles he’s faced with.

We all have it within us to do better than our best, to be better than our best, to overcome the weight that has been placed on us to hold us down. Yes, we can overcome the limitations of our circumstances and overcome the gravity of our situations. We too can fly, we too can soar into the sky, we too can shine as light in the midst of a dark and perverse generation. We too can be better than our best. Do not let anything or anyone stop you.

It’s your time to shine, believe me, LolaA  🙂