This is a guest post from Elizabeth Elliott. In the wake of recuperating from an amazing conference She Speaks, put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries, I thought this post speaks to the all of the hard work and effort you have put into your writing, whether you attended he conference or not. Although no one saw the endless hours of preparation you put into honing your craft, God saw everything. May you be encouraged and inspired by this post.
Elizabeth B. Elliott lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and three
mostly adorable children. She loves to read, write and tap dance, but spends
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David, Goliath and Michael Phelps
I don’t know who came up with the saying “practice makes perfect,” but I am
pretty sure it was the parent of a child who had grown weary of doing the
same thing over and over, day after day. With the 2012 Olympics set to start
in a few short days, I am going to guess that even an athlete like Michael
Phelps had his days when he just wanted to roll over and go back to sleep,
instead of jumping in a cold pool to swim a bunch of laps.
As spectators, we are not privy to the hours and hours and hours these
athletes have spent practicing their individual sports. We haven’t seen the
determination, the grit, or the discipline of both athlete and family. From
the comfort of our sofas, we are only witnesses to the main event. We only
watch when it counts.
Though you and I may not be training for a specific competition we are
practicing something every day, whether it’s physically, mentally or
spiritually. But many of us may feel we are running on the treadmill of
oblivion until one day, quite unexpectedly, we experience our own Olympic
moment. Like David.
A young King David spent many unwatched hours practicing, just like Phelps.
But he wasn’t in the water – he was practicing with a sling shot. As he
played and later worked in his father’s fields, he used his sling shot to
kill animals for dinner, protect his family’s sheep from becoming prey, and
probably annoy his older brothers.
While Phelps trains with a specific event in mind, David’s chance to shine
came without warning. For 40 days, the Israelite army had cowered in fear as
they were taunted by the Philistines and the giant, Goliath. David’s father
sent him to the scene to bring supplies to his older brothers fighting in
the army. When he saw what was happening, he could not believe the audacity
of the enemy. David knew that with God’s help he could take down Goliath
with only his well used sling shot and one smooth stone. Though no one had
ever seen him practice, it was David’s Olympic moment.
It is always tempting to give up and take the easy way out. We are easily
bored with the monotony of life. We would rather do anything other than what
we ought to be doing. But Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in
doing good, for at the proper time we WILL reap a harvest IF we do not give
up.” (emphasis mine)
What good thing have you become weary of doing? Are you tempted to quit
because you aren’t seeing the results you feel you deserve? We don’t know
when our turn will come, but rest assured it will never come if we throw in
the towel. Listen to this encouragement from your heavenly Father: “Keep at
it. Don’t quit. It will get better, if you do not give up.”
The 2012 Olympics will not be Michael Phelps’s first time in the pool. It
wasn’t David’s first time with a slingshot, either. What will you continue
to practice today, so that you will be prepared for your Olympic moment