Today’s Scripture: Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. Proverbs¬†14:4

What does it take to become an Olympian? People aren’t just chosen to compete in the Olympics. There’s no line of contestants from whom the President or the chairman of the United States Olympic Committee choose from. Instead, it takes years of practice and competitions and an incredible amount of hard work.

Most Olympians start their path to the Olympics at a very young age – between 4 and 7 years old. They or their parents may or may not have dreams for the Olympics at that age. However, it is something that becomes a goal that they strive to achieve as they go older and continue training. It becomes the focus of their lives, and they do whatever it takes to try to obtain that result; they practice continually and will travel around to competitions for an opportunity to compete with others.

A lot of hard work goes into training for the Olympics. During the Olympic trials, everyone gives everything they have because this is the moment they have lived for and dreamed for all of their lives. When someone makes it to the Olympics, they feel that all the hard work was worth it because they met their dream and get to represent their country. Then they set their goal for the gold medal, and it starts over again.

Although becoming an Olympian is a great accomplishment and winning a gold medal is an incredible feat, it doesn’t mean much in light of eternity. We have a much grander goal as Christians. People will go to Hell for all eternity unless we share the good news of the Gospel with them. As the verse says, “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean.” It is a lot easier to not have to deal with cleaning up after an ox, but the ox is able to plow much more than you can, making the harvest much bigger. It may take some work and take you out of your comfort zone to share your faith, but the blessings will vastly outnumber the work you put in. Determine to put forth the effort today because it is worth the work.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder