There are lots of goofy testimonials by athletes. This is not one of them!
…this is quite inspiring!
Sadly, my piece in The Huffington Post from seven years ago is still relevant:
As heirs of the Protestant Reformation, we revel in God’s grace. This is a good thing. However, any good thing can become a bad thing if we forget other important truths. We don’t have to work for our salvation, but we are to work it out (Phil 2:12,13). It was the grace of God which motivated Paul to work hard (II Tim. 2:1-7).
Whenever I see someone going to great lengths to be the best they can be, I am humbled by Paul’s statement that many do it for a perishable wreath while we run for an imperishable one (I Cor. 9:24-27). When I see someone giving intense effort and focus to something other than building up God’s kingdom I am humbled by my apathy. Here is a good example of what intense focus looks like:
That is putting it mildly!