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As we watched the Olympics recently, we observed the deep commitment of each participant. Their performances were beyond what most of us could even think possible. Repetition of the coaches detailed instructions was uppermost in their minds.

Their aim? To finish well. To win the prize!

We were also aware that each participant had a coach and often had a last minute word or touch from them before going into action. From their coach they received final words of instruction and encouragement to proceed.

I think Paul the Apostle, must have been a sports person too. He said, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:14. (see over for more)

Most of us are aware that life could be defined as a contest and demands perseverance and integrity with some goal setting. If we want to finish well, it depends largely on what we do with what we have and determination to follow through!

Each of us is also in the race of life. What are our goals? Our purpose? Of course we want to win. Have we gone to God, our Coach, asked for His help and direction, on how to proceed? Are we as persistent as the Olympic Contestants?

You may say, I'm not sure how I touch base with God and get my instructions. How do I follow? Some details please!

Aren't we thankful that God knew our needs for daily life and put some coaching instructions for us in His Manual, the Bible?

Isaiah 40:31 tells us, They that wait upon the Lord...shall renew their strength,...they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary... they shall walk and not faint.

David tells us where his challenge is, My soul wait thou only on God: for my expectation is from Him. Ps. 62:5

Finish well?? Sure we can. Not for a Gold medal, but for the glory of our Lord.


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