Today I am honored to have a dear friend share some of her thoughts with us. I hope you are blessed and encouraged.
I don't know who came up with the saying "practice makes perfect," but I am pretty sure it was the parent of a child who had grown weary of doing the same thing over and over, day after day. With the 2012 Olympics set to start in a few short days, I am going to guess that even an athlete like Michael Phelps had his days when he just wanted to roll over and go back to sleep, instead of jumping in a cold pool to swim a bunch of laps. As spectators, we are not privy to the hours and hours and hours these athletes have spent practicing their individual sports. We haven't seen the determination, the grit, or the discipline of both athlete and family. From the comfort of our sofas, we are only witnesses to the main event. We only watch when it counts. Though you and I may not be training for a specific competition we are practicing something every day, whether it's physically, mentally or spiritually. But many of us may feel we are running on the treadmill of oblivion until one day, quite unexpectedly, we experience our own Olympic moment. Like David. A young King David spent many unwatched hours practicing, just like Phelps. But he wasn't in the water - he was practicing with a sling shot. As he played and later worked in his father's fields, he used his sling shot to kill animals for dinner, protect his family's sheep from becoming prey, and probably annoy his older brothers. While Phelps trains with a specific event in mind, David's chance to shine came without warning. For 40 days, the Israelite army had cowered in fear as they were taunted by the Philistines and the giant, Goliath. David's father sent him to the scene to bring supplies to his older brothers fighting in the army. When he saw what was happening, he could not believe the audacity of the enemy. David knew that with God's help he could take down Goliath with only his well used sling shot and one smooth stone. Though no one had ever seen him practice, it was David's Olympic moment. It is always tempting to give up and take the easy way out. We are easily bored with the monotony of life. We would rather do anything other than what we ought to be doing. But Galatians 6:9 says, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we WILL reap a harvest IF we do not give up." (emphasis mine) What good thing have you become weary of doing? Are you tempted to quit because you aren't seeing the results you feel you deserve? We don't know when our turn will come, but rest assured it will never come if we throw in the towel. Listen to this encouragement from your heavenly Father: "Keep at it. Don't quit. It will get better, if you do not give up." The 2012 Olympics will not be Michael Phelps's first time in the pool. It wasn't David's first time with a sling shot, either. What will you continue to practice today, so that you will be prepared for your Olympic moment tomorrow?