I just read about 50-Cent, the popular rapper and actor going through the pain-staking process of losing 50+ pounds to star in a film he wrote about a football player’s battle with Cancer.
In the article, Curtis Jackson (real name) says he was living on a liquid diet while running on a treadmill for 3 hours a day. 3 hours a day! THREE HOURS . . . per day!
Not to be humorous but it made me think of how much I dread fasting AND running!
Yet as followers of Christ we are called to do both:
Mark 2:20 the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, then they will fast.
Hebrews 12:1b let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
50-Cent is doing some serious training for a movie that will be in theaters one day and gone the next. That kind of commitment to a temporary treasure is astounding . . .
It makes me think of 1 Cor. 9:25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Run and fast. Two disciplines we often avoid.
But if a gifted rapper can do these things to make a momentary movie, how much more should we give ourselves to Christian disciplines to make an eternal difference?