1 Timothy 4
First, a bit of information on some Olympic Gold Medal winners. Michael Phelps (swimming) practiced every single day in the pool for three to six hours, doing separate exercises on dry land four to five days a week. Simone Biles (gymnastics) spends 32 hours a week training, which is broken up over six days. Wednesdays are her day off.
The reason I offer this information is a word that Paul uses in 1 Timothy 4:7-8:
1 Timothy 4: 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
The Greek word used here references the Greek athletes who would train for their Olympics. The same intensity that Michael Phelps and Simon Biles bring to their training is the same focus we are to have on being “godly.” But did you note that we have a far greater promise of reward than just a medal??