“But one who has looked intently at the perfect law, the law of freedom, and has continued in it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an active doer, this person will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).
In the 1984 Summer Olympic, Carl Lewis won four gold medals. Assured of the gold medal after his first long jump attempt, he was criticized for passing on remaining jumps that might have afforded him a world record. Lewis explained that instead of pursuing world records that would eventually be broken, his objective for the olympics was to win gold medals, which could never be taken away. Because the olympic trials had been more demanding than expected, he decided to conserve his energies for other events, and potential gold medals, which he, in fact, won. We must each make daily decisions as to how we might best use the time, energy, and resources of God’s provision. The difference between a life that is blessed and one that is not is determined by whether one is striving for the eternal or the temporal. Go for the gold!