My friend Dan sent me a link to this video showing Apolo Ohno training for the Olympics and other than his immense skill, the thing that impressed me was his attitude-  He said that he trained 12 hours a day so that when the Olympics were over, he would have “no regrets”. That doesn’t mean that he thought he would win everything he entered, it just meant that he trained and competed with everything he had. I have no idea what his motivation was beyond that, but it reminded me of the Apostle Paul and how he lived his life. I guess one of the things that bothers me about so many Christians is not that they aren’t good moral people, but that they don’t live their faith with the “no regrets” attitude.

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.  To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.  I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.  Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.  So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:19-27)

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