At the moment of truth, you will not rise to the level of expectation, but will fall to the level of training. (Paraphrase of Archilochus, 7th century B.C. Greek poet)

We are sometimes disappointed when events don’t turn out as expected or, worse, when people don’t live up to our (or their) expectations. In a time of crisis, it’s not what we hope for that determines the outcome; rather, it’s how well prepared we are to address the trying situation. Solid training along with faithful practice will help achieve success.

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 (1 Corinthians 9:25).