It takes discipline to be a disciple

So as Coach Ryan Highley shared during worship service when asked, "what can sports teach children," he answered, "It takes discipline to be a disciple."

His statement brought to mind a commercial I watched during the olympics. It was called "dedicated" by citi bank.

As the athlete's train you here them saying the following.

Take a day off, I don't even take a morning off.
I haven't ordered desert, in two years.
You know that best selling book I love, I haven't read it.
I haven't watched television since last Summer.
Hey,...I've been busy.

I have to say I was and am inspired by the dedication of the olympic athletes.
It makes me want to be more dedicated in my daily walk with the Lord.

To daily read the Bible
to daily live in full awareness of God's presence,
to share my faith,
to commit scripture to memory,
to rise up early to pray and seek God's face.

1 Corinthians 9:25
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Dedicated.

It's who I want to be,

Joe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuVxqDO9kyM&feature=youtube_gdata_player