Spirit & Life Devotional
Wednesday, September 24
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
THE SECRET OF TOP PERFOMERS
I'm a great admirer of Cristiano Ronaldo and Serena Williams. What I admire most about them is not just their talents but their consistency in winning. You can always expect them to deliver and they do! I've come to the conclusion that one of the secrets of top performance is rigorous training. Another thing that they have in common is their relentless passion to be the best and the greatest in what they do. It makes them very dedicated and disciplined to train for up to three, four hours every day. Hard work and rigorous exercises! No slacking!
Look at Jesus; I think that the secret of His great success in ministry is found in Mark 1:35: "The next morning Jesus woke up very early. He left the house while it was still dark and went to a place where he could be alone and pray." You can see it again in Luke 6:12: "A few days later, Jesus went out to a mountain to pray. He stayed there all night praying to God." Wow! I long to pray like Jesus!
So you want to be successful, to rise to the top, to be the best and the greatest, what are you doing differently from others? How discplined and dedicated are you? How focused are you? How passionate are you? Have you really read about the virtuous woman in the Bible? That's another source of inspiration for me. The Scripture says, "She wakes up early in the morning, cooks food for her family, and gives the servants their share. She works very hard. She is strong and able to do all her work. She works late into the night to make sure her business earns a profit. She is a strong person, and people respect her. She looks to the future with confidence. She oversees the care of her house. She is never lazy." Amazing! There's no short cut to the top, you must pay the price!