Hope in the future takes the sting out of the present. Phil. 3:20-21 (Charles Swindoll, author)
In the recent Olympics, we saw a lot of jubilation as medalists crossed the finish line or achieved a victory. Had we watched those athletes during the months and years of training and practice, we would have seen a lot of “stings”—the pain, isolation, and long hours—that brought the final win. When we face difficulties, focusing on our goal will keep us going.
All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. (1 Corinthians 9:25)