It took less than ten seconds for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to cover the one hundred meter distance on the Olympic track & win the gold medal in London. Those few seconds cemented his status as the “fastest man alive” & placed him on the winner’s podium once again.
But the race was not won in those seconds - it was won by hours & hours of practice, workouts, weightlifting, special diet & coaching.
The race was not won in the performance but in the preparation. It is our desire for something greater that causes us to sacrifice some things, even some good things, for the sake of things that are better.
“What makes a man a good artist, a good sculptor, a good musician? Practice... What makes a man a good man? Practice. Nothing else. There is nothing unpredictable about religion. We do not get the soul in different ways, under different laws, from those in which we get the body and the mind.” - Henry Drummond.
Ps 111:10 (ISV): “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; sound understanding belongs to those who practice it...”