From my Facebook notes last year, just moving it here for archiving purposes:
by Benjamin Gonzales on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 9:36am
because multiply blog is practically useless, dito na lang ako magpopost.
Outdated na ito pero, oh well… Didn’t have the time to write.
Pacquiao has just recently won his eighth world title by defeating Margarito. Another feat, one might say. Others might think that Pacquiao has an easy life: earning more than the lotto jackpot by winning just one fight. That’s how it seems up front. The show, the win.
Yet in reality, all of Pacquiao’s battles have intense preparations that involves a consistent practice of rigid discipline and heaping teaspoonfuls of sacrifice.
You could see his abs being hit with a stick in the pain reliever advertisement. His wife says he urinates black after each fight. Some people say that he even abstains from sex during his training period. That and the rigid discipline of training for hours on end; probably having less time for family and leisure compared to the average Filipino (Though he does have time to eat ice cream, drink milk and beer, and eat highland legumes with his buddies…).
Would any normal person sacrifice this much? One could probably assume that he does this for his own glory; or probably the Philippines’; or probably for the God whom he prays to before his fights.
Regardless, if Pacquiao would do all these things for riches that won’t last, for glory that fades, for power that is temporary, how much more should we who follow Christ engage in age-old spiritual disciplines with such tenacity? How much more should we consider sacrificing our lives for things that are eternal? For glory and power that lasts?
As the apostle Paul said, 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. I Corinthians 9:25-27
Paul uses illustrations from sports to paint a picture of how disciplined Christian Life should be. Nowhere in the picture can you see the word EASY. Neither could you see the words NOT WORTH IT.
Is your life marked by discipline towards an eternal goal? Are your daily decisions helping you reach that goal?