An athlete must be focused. They are always exercising and developing their bodies. They must keep in shape and they practice in and out of season. This is how they attain their goal, through concentration and focus. You will never hear a dedicated athlete saying : ‘Let me eat more cake and cream’ or ‘I think I am going to take three months off to sleep’
1 Corinthians 9:25 – 27 To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadowboxing or playing around. Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside.
2 Timothy 2:5 An athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize.
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