Run in Such A Way that You May Win
One passage I go to consistently as a man and as a pastor is 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. In a generation that loves leisure, comfort and pleasure above most anything else it is a jarring passage but a good one. I went back to it just now because I saw this photo essay–powerful images of the intensity of training.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.