No pain, no gain. No prayer, no deliverance. No fasting, no victory. No repentance, no redemption. No cross, no crown.
Every serious athlete knows that the victory is not won randomly, haphazardly, or unsystematically. Victory is a planned, methodical exercise. It is premeditated, pre-ordained and pre-determined. And it comes at great cost, and at great price. Yes there are the fluke wins, the one-and-done dark horses and the “from out of no-where unheard ofs,” but these are far and few between and even these victories are won at great price. The constant champion knows that to get on top is one thing, but staying on top is something else.
According to that ever-so trustworthy source, Wikipedia, The slogan, “No pain, no gain” (or “No gain without pain”) is an exercise motto that promises greater value rewards for the price of hard and even painful work. Under this conception, competitive professionals such as athletes and artists are required to endure pain and pressure to achieve professional excellence. It came into prominence after 1982 when actress Jane Fonda began to produce a series of aerobic workout videos. In these videos, Fonda would use “No pain, no gain” and “Feel the burn” as catchphrases for the concept of working out past the point of experiencing muscle aches.
No pain, no gain. The premise here is that there are no free lunches. Everything costs something. And so it is with life. While it is true that if you can believe it, you can achieve it, believing is not passive, it is active. It involves placing trust. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
No pain, no gain. The achievers, over-comers and champions know that they have to put the time in. We used to sing this song in church: “Put your time in; Payday’s comin’ after while.” And that’s all we sang. That’s it. Those 8 words comprised a song we would sing half the night. But the truth of the song lasted longer than we could sing the song itself.
Put your time in. Love. Give. Forgive. Smile. Be kind. Overcome evil with good. It may be painful to love your enemy, and to forgive someone who wronged you but won’t apologize, but it’s time well spent.
Put your time in; payday’s comin’ after while.