With the Olympics underway, it is naturally fitting that something ought to be said about what we are all to witness over the next week or two.
You may or may not know that many Olympic athletes not only undergo intense physical training, but also–and even more importantly–they undergo intense mental training. Why do I say that the mental training supersedes the physical training?
Because it all starts with a thought.
Everything you do with your life and in your life first begins as a thought; your body simply follows through with that thought, bringing into the physical realm what was first in the mental realm. Our thoughts define us as human beings. That’s why there are true stories of twins born in the slums of a city where one chooses to do something big with his life, rising above his circumstances and achieving his Dream, and the other chooses to remain where he is, his circumstances dictating to him a fruitless and pointless life. You may have heard the phrase, “Either way, you’re right”. That certainly applies here.
But it’s even more than that. Listen: You were created to be so much more than you are! God sees your potential and celebrates it; Satan sees your potential and fears it. Why? Because he knows that you have been made in the image of God Himself with God-given potential and the ability to see that potential through to achieving truly astonishing things; and that if we fully understood what that really means and how successful Satan has been at duping us into believing and accepting as truth the charade that is all around us, he would totally lose the hold he has had on humanity since the fall of Adam.
The sooner you are able and willing to see through the smoke screen Satan has thrown up, the sooner you will be able to fulfill the Big Dream God has put in your heart. And we all have one! Some of us are already doing it; others are in the process of achieving it; yet others are just discovering that they have one and can even do anything about getting it. The amazing thing is, there are plenty of examples of people being successful at what they do without even having a relationship with God. That shows the innate power to create and achieve that God has put inside each one of us (there are spiritual laws from the Bible that those people are using and they don’t even realize that that’s the source). But the clincher is those same people could have been far more successful and achieved far, far more had they done so with a vibrant, ongoing relationship with the living God of the Bible.
So where am I going with this? We will see many athletes achieve some amazing things, some of them fulfilling their life-long Dream of winning a gold medal in the Olympics. But what is your Big Dream? Do you even know? Whether you do or not, are you willing to include the God who made you and gave you all that potential? What you do with your life will take on far more importance and have far more significance with a much farther and long-reaching effect if you do.
That’s truly making an eternal difference with your life!
Try it. You’ll like it!