With the Olympics in full stride, a lot of star athletes are sharing motivating and encouraging words to push us towards excellence. Here are seven Olympian quotes that you can use in your prayer to push you towards excellence in Christ.
In the moments when we feel discouraged, whether in prayer or everyday life, we must remember why we decided to fight in the first place. When we are focused on the ultimate prize, which is Jesus, our challenges do not wane, but gain a meaning that makes it all worthwhile.
"...Run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus." (Hebrews 12:1-2)
I don't know about you, but I found my fire and it's name is Jesus Christ. (#nuffsaid) Everything that we do should serve as kindling to keep the fire of Christ and His Holy Spirit burning in our hearts. Let your passion for the faith be evident in all that you do.
"They said to one another, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?" (Luke 24:32)
Becoming who Christ means for us to be won't just happen. We need to be determined and dedicated to grow in virtue, to love one another better, and to strive after the Lord with all that we are.
"Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
Moments of struggle, of trial, of annoyances are all opportunities to grow in virtue, in strength, in love; all things that form us into champions of Christ.
"We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:3-5)
The Lord does not expect us to run at all times. He knows that sometimes we will need to walk and other times we will only be able to crawl. However, in all moments He will give us the strength we need, all we need to do in response is persevere and never give up.
"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
The Lord deserves nothing less than our best. Even if our best isn't very good, Jesus rejoices in the fact that we are giving Him the gift of ourselves through our time and talent.
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." (Colossians 3:23-24)
No matter how many people may beat you down for choosing a life lived in Christ, keep persevering and fighting, because the Lord will bless you for the ways in which you faithfully fought for Him.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing"
(2 Timothy 4:7-8).