I love the Olympics.
In just a handful of days, the 2014 Winter Olympics will start in Sochi, Russia. Athletes from all over the world will travel to compete in an event they have trained for…and trained for…and trained for.
Think about the number of hours that the average Olympic athlete trains for an event that can last minutes.
In his book, Outliers, Malcom Gladwell, argues that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a sport or a field of study.
10,000 hours for an event that lasts minutes…
What are you training for?
What are you pouring the hours of your life into?
If you live 70 years on this earth, you have 613,200 hours to train for something.
But, think about this…
If you’re a Jesus follower, you’re not training for an event that last minutes.
You’re training for eternity.
“Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.” (I Timothy 4:7b-8) (NLT)