For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. ~ Galatians 5:22
"Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away. Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified."I have read these verses many times over the years, but they take on new meaning when I am in the midst of physical training. Getting out of bed, going out in the cold, taking that first step on the treadmill....it is not fun. Not even a tiny little bit. But in doing it I know that I am "not running aimlessly," but rather for a goal, a prize. For the sake of the prize, I discipline my body. Make it do what it does not want to do.