RUN THE RACE WITH PATIENCE

AP Photo/Mark Baker  Usain Bolt of Jamaica smashed his own record in the 100 meters despite slowing up to celebrate the gold medal he won in the process on Saturday. Beijing Olympics Usain Bolt also won the 2012 British Olympics 100 and 200 meters.
AP Photo/Mark Baker Usain Bolt of Jamaica smashed his own record in the 100 meters despite slowing up to celebrate the gold medal he won in the process on Saturday. Beijing Olympics Usain Bolt also won the 2012 British Olympics 100 and 200 meters.

RUN THE RACE WITH PATIENCE: Usain Bolt 3 times Olympic Champion


Apostle Paul in an epistle to the Hebrews advised Christians to "let us run with patience the race that is set before us." (Heb 12:1) This remark reminds all Christians that they must get involved with the race in order to win. Competitors and not spectators can win the race. The Christian race is not a worldly race where spectators place bets on their favourite horse to win. Each Christian must participate in order to receive the crown of life.


Lighting Usain Bolt would not have 9 gold medals (3 Olympic if he did not participate in the race). Bolt was unbeaten since 2008 Olympic and on August 21, 2016, Bolt will be 30 years. He beat Canadian De Grasse (21 years) twice, once in the 200 yard and the 4x100 men's relay. Never say you are too old to participate.


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CHRISTIAN RACE AND THE OLYMPIC RACE

In the Olympian games, the contestant must qualify before he can take part in the contest. An athlete must compete in his own country before he can take part in the Olympics. Even if he wins in his own country, it does not mean he can automatically qualify for the games. There is a bench mark to qualify.

In the Christian race for the glorious crown, there is no barrier, no qualification except being a practising Christian. Every one in this wide world must compete for the crown of life, and no one is exempt. The other difference is the duration of the race. The Olympic race is of short duration. It may be many days or weeks before the contestant is weeded out because there are other competitors from different countries who do better than the competitor..

The Olympic Race is of short duration. The victory is won or lost in the final race for the fittest. The Christian Race may last a life time. Some may live up to a hundred years old, but with some, life is shorter. All inhabitants in this world would have to compete for salvation, but in the Olympic Race, only the best from the countries compete with each other. In the Christian Race, you compete with yourself to be better.

PREPARATION FOR THE RACE


The Online Journal of Sport Psychology

Physical preparation, Technical skill, Psychological Readiness

Welcome to Athletic Insight - The Online Journal of Sport Psychology. Over the past several years, both coaches and athletes have started to realize that strength, speed and other athletic skills are not sufficient for the production of championship athletes. Athletic performance has three parts: physical preparation, technical skill, and psychological readiness. This model suggests that if any of the above areas are neglected, athletic performance will decline. However, psychological preparation is the component that is most often neglected by athletes and coaches alike.

Since we first started the journal over 10 years ago, the field has grown tremendously and it is increasingly more and more common to see psychologists working in sports. The purpose of this site is to provide a forum for discussion of topics that are relevant to the field of sport psychology through publications in the spring and fall as well as a special edition with contributions from some of the top names in the field every December. The subjects that will be covered include theory, research and practice of sport psychology as well as social issues related to the field of athletics.


Tri-Maine Series - Training & Preparation


Erin Brennan - a triathlete

Family support, Proper Nutrition, Work outs, Discipline

The feisty Tri-Maine race leader offers four tips for aspiring triathletes: “(1) Marry a supportive spouse. Successful racing is all about family support. If I did not have it, I could not win. (2) Eat well by taking in proper nutrition. The old adage ‘garbage in, garbage out’ applies here. (3) Make the workouts count. And (4) know when to be selfish - be disciplined and stick to your training regiment.”


Family Su[port with Prayer
Family Su[port with Prayer

4 TIPS FOR ASPIRING ATHLETES


The 4 tips for aspiring athletes are by Erin Brennan - a triathlete

Family support, Proper Nutrition, Work outs, Discipline


A. FAMILY SUPPORT

Family support is completely essential for an athlete to complete his race successfully. A good athlete does not grow on trees. He is nutured from young and grows sturdily and strong towards his goal. The family must have fostered his dreams from young.

Maternal Influence on Timothy

2 Timothy 1:5

  • When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice:


B. PROPER NUTRITION

An athlete's body must be strong and resilient to withstand the rigorous pounding on his body. If his heart fails him, he is unfit for the task or any weakness he has, disqualifies him completely. He must be fit as a fiddle. He has to have the right nutrition.

Word of God

The proper Christian nutrition is the word of God. He must know the basic doctrines of the Holy Bible. From young, he must be fed with the love of God and when he is older, he will not depart from the Lord

John 6:63

  • It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

1 Thess 2:13

  • For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Hebrews 4:12

  • For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


C. TRAINING, WORK OUTS

Proverbs 22:6

  • Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


D. DISCIPLINE

ANSWERS.COM

  1. Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.
  2. Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control.
  1. Control obtained by enforcing compliance or order.
  2. A systematic method to obtain obedience: a military discipline.
  3. A state of order based on submission to rules and authority: a teacher who demanded discipline in the classroom.
  4. Punishment intended to correct or train.
  5. A set of rules or methods, as those regulating the practice of a church or monastic order.
  6. A branch of knowledge or teaching.


DISCIPLINE VERSES

Proverbs 23:13-14

  • Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
  • Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Proverbs 22:15

  • Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Psalms 94:12

  • Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of the law.

Proverbs 1:7

  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Isaiah 38:16

  • O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

Hebrews 12:9

  • Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits and live?

Strong emphasis is stressed on the importance of discipline in a child.so as to prepare him to be productive in the future. Children learn more easily than adults. Undisciplined children grow up to be rebellious without respect for authority, resulting in difficulty to follow God. God chastises us and encourages us to repent of our errors.


THE ROUTE OF THE RACE


The route of the Christians has been mapped out for us by God, long before we were born. He has set up road blocks which we must avoid. If we disobey God and hit our feet against the obstacles, we will fall. For four thousand years, God chose the Israelites to be His people, but they kept disobeying Him. He gave them Moses but they disobeyed Him.

Then God made a promise that He would place His Holy Spirit in the hearts of men so they cannot fail to obey Him in the New Covenant. The Ten Commandments were given in the Old Testament, but the people kept failing to respect and obey Him. The Holy Spirit will guide them into all truth.

In the New Testament, God gave His Son Jesus, born of the Holy Spirit to dwell on the earth and sacrificed Himself to redeem our sins. Jesus is the only way to salvation.


JESUS, THE WAY


  • 1. Jesus, the way ... (John 14:6)
  • 2. The pathway is the way of righteousness (Pr 12:28)
  • 3. God's way is perfect (2 Sam 22:31)
  • 4. Commit thy way unto the Lord (Ps 37:5)
  • 5. One heart, one way (Jer 32:39)
  • 6. The way of the commandments, the way of truth (Ps 119:30,32)



COMPLETE THE RACE


The competitor must completely focused his whole attention on the goal which lies ahead, and not be distracted by his fellow competitors. Lot's wife looked back while escaping from Sodom, together with her husband and two daughters, and was turned into a pillar of salt. They were warned before they fled (Genesis 19:15-17, 26). A double-minded person cannot be successful in his task. Unless the race is completed, the Christian cannot receive the prize of eternal life.

  • 1. Not fail till finished (David, Solomon - I Chr 28:20)
  • 2. Finish the course with joy (Paul - Acts 20:24)
  • 3. Will of God to finish the work. (Jesus - John 4:34)


PATIENCE THROUGHOUT THE RACE


Through patience inherit the promises (Heb 6:12)

  • God's promise to Abraham fulfilled in Jesus.
  • Abraham - David (14 generations)
  • David - carrying away into Babylon (14 generations)

Carrying away into Babylon - Jesus Christ (14 generations) Total 42 generations.

Noah's ark built (approx. 100 years)

  • Noah was 500 years (approx. when God God appeared to him (Ge 5:32)
  • Noah was 600 years when flood came (Ge 7:11,12)
  • Isaiah's prophecy about birth of Christ (Is 9:6) (occurred between 760-698 B.C.) fulfilled in birth of Christ.
  • Through patience have hope (Rom 15:4)
  • In patience, possess your souls (Luke 21:19)

HE THAT SHALL ENDURE UNTO THE END, THE SAME SHALL BE SAVED. (MT 24:13; MARK 13:13)

Marilyn Bell (16) swims from New York across Lake Ontario (52 kilometers - 32 miles)
Marilyn Bell (16) swims from New York across Lake Ontario (52 kilometers - 32 miles)

MARILYN BELL, CONQUERED LAKE ONTARIO


www.canada-heros.com/bell_marilyn.html

Marilyn Bell, Toronto born Canadian (October 19, 1937) conquered Lake Ontario when she was 16 years old. She swam from Youngstown, New York to Toronto on September 8, 1954, the first woman to swim across Lake Ontario (52 kilometers or 32 miles). The time taken was 21 hours and she had to fight against fatigue, eels, high winds and oil spills.

A year later, Bell became the youngest swimmer to ever swim across the English Channel. Her next accomplishment was swimming across the Juan de Fuca Strait. After that swim, she decided to retire from marathon swim competitions.

How did she accomplish all that? It takes all the 4 tips of family support, good nutrition, work outs and discipline. All four are essentially necessary for Marilyn to be a champion. Here she is competing against herself. She was a plucky girl with determination for one so young to be successful. God blessed her in her efforts. So, let us run the race with patience and win the coveted crown of life. We can definitely win with God on our side.

COMPLETE THE RACE WITH PATIENCE AND WIN THE GOLDEN CROWN OF LIFE.

Footnote


Moscow - Sunday August 18, 2013

Usain Bolt became the most decorated athlete in the world track championship history by winning gold in the 100, 200 and gold in the relay. He became the world history champion with eight golds and two silvers by beating Carl Lewis (8 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and Michael Johnson (8 golds). Bolt did Jamaica proud!


Friday, August 28, 2015 Toronto Star

Seven years ago, Bolt started his amazing run of gold at the Beijing Olympics and has not lost a a major 200 meter race since Friday, August 28, 2015.

Bolt finally taken Cameraman on Segway upends sprinter after 10th career gold at worlds.


TORONTO STAR, November 28, 2016

Jamaican sprinting champion wanted documentary to show his true personality.

Usain Bolt is now a movie star.

This is Bolt, a behind-the-scenes view of the superstar that took about two years to make and has him holding the camera at times. The idea in large part surrounds Bolt's quest for the so-called triple-triple three golds medals in three gold medals in three events at three consecutive Olympics something no sprinter in the history of the sport had ever accomplished.


Run the Race with Patience

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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Great hub sis. Thanks


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

You are most welcome! Peace!


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Marliza Gunter 6 years ago from South Africa

hmm...that is so true...usually when I get frustrated with a passive situation, the Lord always tell me to have patience...The Lord even once showed me to have patience above my stormy life is the same as to have maturity and wisdom above obstacles...I smiled when I saw this title...just knowing in my spirit the Lord is again reminding me of that...great hub, I like it!!


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

einron, I have coached kid soccer teams for over twenty years now and the psychological aspect is such an important part of not only doing well but doing it fairly and pleasantly. Many athletes are just good athletes and they never develop the mental endurance to push themselves beyond their limitations. As they get older, they can't understand why they have to work so hard to be successful. They even get mad at other kids that outwit them, and they start playing dirty to get ahead. They still have great talent but it is their minds holding them back.

I believe for Christians it is much the same thing. The initial introduction to Christ, the first few steps are easy but then, without root, the trials and cares and pleasures of life slow them down, hinder their run. Even though they are in shape, they tire easy. They stop consuming the good word of the Bible and eat all kinds of other words offered by a hundred different religions and beliefs.

In the end - the reward is either winning or losing. Everyone who finishes gets a gold medal. All who do not finish, do not get anything. Peace.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Marliza Gunter

Glad that the hub is a reminder to you to have patience. Peace!


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

A M Werner

Very true. Just having talents is only part of winning, but we must stress and strive for patience, for patience is a virtue which most do not have.

To reach the goal, one must finish the race to receive the golden crown. Peace!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Yes, I believe the race we run is the Spirit against the flesh ~ Who/who will win? We must endure in our faith till the end, for every wind of doctrine challenges it; hard times and trials test it; the pulling of the world's ways tempt it; and the threat of death will threaten it (as with the mark of the beast). Oh, Lord, increase our faith that we not stumble away from the Truth. AMEN.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Judah's Daughter

Yes, Lord help us to be faithful until the end. The road may be hard, but we need to persevere until Jesus comes. Peace.


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peggypat 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Thank you for this hub. A wonderful comparison of our spiritual race with preparing for the Olympics!! Its a good reminder for when we grow weary!


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks for noting the wonderful comparison of our spiritual race with that of the Olympics. Peace


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this excellent article. I enjoyed it very much. What you wrote is true.

ps I saw an excellent film about Marilyn Bell and her incredible accomplishment not long ago.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks James for your nice comments. I thank God for guiding me in my writing. Peace!


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TINA V 6 years ago

Indeed, a family that prays together stays together. This is an inspirational hub. We all have to run the race in life according to God's will.

Have a great weekend!


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Well said! It is easier if the family also supports the runner. But the important thing is to run according to God's will.

Peace!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Einron, Wonderful & informative! Great insight here! YES!: "let us run with patience the race that is set before us." Thank you for sharing, I have found much spiritual fuel for the journey! In His Love, Blessings!


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks DeBorrah

I am glad that you find it informative. Praise God to His love to us.

Blessings!


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djbraman 6 years ago

Yes, your article is a great piece on running the race. I liked your comparison of running in the race of sports. Because you know a lot of Christian think that in their race it is how much they do in the church or how much tithe they give, and you differentiated that quite well with explaining that our race is for the crown of life, righteousness and completing the assignment God has given each of us, that's why there is only winner in our race to win the prize, I loved your article and thank you for sharing this.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks for comments. The race is only one person against the floods of trials, destruction, and temptations. You are only judge on your own actions.

Blessings to you.


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TheLoanConsultant 6 years ago from Orange County

This is some sound doctrine right here EINRON. Another excellent hub. The Word of God is so rich!


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Praise the Lord for His teaching is excellent and incomparable.

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