Monday, March 3, 2014

Work Diligently at the Skills God Gives Us

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. (Proverbs 22:29 NIV)

I was reading a passage from Jim Ryun's book The Courage to Run. He discussed his training for the Olympic trials back in the summer of 1964.  He said he would run early in the morning to avoid the Kansas summer heat in Lawrence, but many of his track workouts involved him and his coach late at night on the KU track.  Ryun could remember one night when his coach had him run  40 quarter mile laps in one night.  When he thought he was finished and was ready to go to bed, his coach told him to run up Campanile Hill which was approximately another 250 yards one way.  He ran several sets until his coach said, "Enough."

Ryun said his training helped him gain the last spot on the Olympic team that year and had many more achienements to come because of his skill God granted him with.  Although running the hill was the last thing he wanted to do after completing a 10 mile track workout, mastering the hill several times helped him gain such big accomplishments later.  God blessed him for all his hard work and dedication.  

I think God can bless us in everything we do, if we honor him and work diligently with the gifts he has given us for his kingdom.  Although we may receive many blessings, it is important do give the glory to God so that we may be examples to others who need to have a closer relationship with him.  

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, (Colossians 3:23 NIV)

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