In the next few days the BBC will be screening many hours of sporting action from the Commonwealth Games.
Viewers will get an opportunity of seeing a large number of people who are gifted at a particular sport, trying their best to win a medal.
I wonder how many viewers will wonder if they could have reached such a high standard themselves, if they had chosen to devote more time to the sport of their choice, when they were younger. Most people tend to concentrate on one sport. Many are happy to take part in a sport as a hobby, or because they want to keep fit or because they like the social aspect which is a part of most sports - especially team sports. While some people feel that they can only devote a limited amount of time to their sport, there are others who decide that if they are going to be the best they can be, then they are going to have to put in many hours of training. It will mean giving less time to other aspects of their lives, if they are going to be really successful. People do not just turn up at a sporting event and expect to win it.
They have had to put in many hours of training beforehand. It has cost them – but it has been worth it!
It is said that if something really matters to you, then you should be prepared to dedicate some of your time to it. Hopefully this is also true when it comes to people’s spiritual lives as well.
A person’s faith needs time spent on it. It needs commitment - so that over the years it can grow and flourish.