Strong in the Mind

We’re in the heat of spring workouts – preparing to get INTO spring football.  We start officially in another few weeks and we’re finally starting to get some momentum.  The basketball guys are back, we’re still missing some valuable baseball and soccer guys – but most of our core football team is working out daily.

Today we did lots of upper body stuff.  Every day though, we do “athletics” and conditioning.  7-layer-push-ups, Dive-bombers, squat-jumps, conventional push-ups, crunches… you name it; they’re hard to do for very long without rest.  One of the things we often tell the kids is to “be strong in the mind!!!”  To hang in there and push through each rep, each set, every day.  In the end, it’ll push us to greater heights, and make us tougher mentally and physically; because we know WHAT IT FEELS LIKE to not quit, but to hurt and push through the pain with the strength of champions.

Interestingly, the scriptures teach all of those principles, and have taught ’em for thousands of years.

Ecclesiastes 2:24
Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.

3 John 2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

If we are working for God, we can bring an attitude of enthusiasm and cheer to even the toughest tasks and exercises.  More to the point, even if we have a supervisor or fellow workers who are difficult to work with, the principles of working hard “for the Lord” (1 Peter 2:18-19).

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

Luke 16:10
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

These are just a few passages that teach us how to approach hard work.  They are real, and they are tough to follow; but more satisfaction comes from being faithful and pushing ourselves when we apply it on a spiritual plane; to do it as if we’re doing it directly for our Creator.  Praise God from whom all good things come!  Lord help me to apply this at every level of my life.


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