For anyone to even make it to the starting line of an ultra-marathon race takes tremendous effort and discipline. The discipline to rise up before dawn to train, and then work a full day’s work, while never losing site of the family and ministry needs. Discipline to follow the training schedule carefully set forth and designed for that particular upcoming race. Discipline not to give up when facing adversity and obstacles, both large and small, that may threaten your objectives and goals. Does the description of this type of discipline sound familiar? It should if you are a follower of Christ.
To follow Christ, you must have the discipline comparable to that of an athlete, and in this case, an ultra-marathoner. You need to have the discipline to walk in wisdom and to avoid the alternative path of destruction.
“Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the right paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered
And when you run, you will not stumble.”
- Prov. 4:10-12