Michael Jordan. Manny Pacquiao. Michael Phelps. Tiger Woods.
All these athletes have something in common – they all made a BIG difference in their respective sport.
And usually, sports attributes like perseverance, patience, determination, hard work, among others are considered, the marks of success for these athletes.
This morning, while having my morning devotion, I was meditating on a passage, 2 Timothy 2:1, which says, “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
Be strong. Well, everybody needs strength to accomplish something, whether that’s seemingly menial or worthwhile.
Jordan needed physical, mental and intestinal fortitude or strength to help the Chicago Bulls win two “three-peats” during the 1990s.
Pacquiao also needed the same kind of strength to achieve what no other boxer, (not even the great Muhammad Ali in his lengthy pro boxing career) has ever achieved – being the world’s eight-time division boxing champion.
As I consider the phrase, be strong, everybody needs it to accomplish something. Every businessman, employee, student, student, parent, spouse, needs strength.
But here’s what I realized, in as much as athletes and average people like us need strength, what will help us accomplish a life-long impact (not just something that’s confined in the aspect of sport), is by being strong in the grace of God.
By grace, it is more than just saying a short prayer before you partake of a meal.
But grace means, diving completely into the unmerited gift of God’s assistance.
- It is grace that will enable husbands and wives to love their spouse regardless of what they feel. And it is the grace of God that will help a husband or a wife stay committed to his/her spouse.
- Dads and moms can only provide loving leadership and care to their kids when they completely depend on God’s grace, the unmerited gift of God’s assistance.
- As a businessman or employee, it is God’s grace that will enable you to be productive in your chosen field. The sales you make, the quota you reach each month, or the income you earn each month would not be possible without God’s unmerited gift of assistance.
- As students, it is God’s grace that will sustain you semester by semester, regardless if you have what your classmates would perceive as “terror professors”.
So before diving into something today, pause for a while, consider God and the free gift of grace. For when we learn to dive into the pool of God’s grace, we will never grow exhausted.
Here’s what Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV) states, “28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”