Temperance in all things


If the athlete has to be self-controlled and temperate in all things (food, sleep, physical training) then even more so should the Christian believer be temperate in all things and keep under, nay mortify, his body of sin (sinful flesh).

 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (I Corinthians 9:24-27).

John Gill is good: Commentary (v24)

1948 Olympics London (70 years ago)

Nice U tube.

Note hymn sung at opening ceremony-very appropriate!

Non Nobis, Domine!

Language: English

Non Nobis, Domine! 
Not unto us, O Lord, 
The praise and glory be 
Of any deed or word. 
For in Thy judgement lies 
To crown or bring to nought 
All knowledge and device 
That man has reached or wrought.

And we confess our blame, 
How all too high we hold 
That noise which men call fame, 
That dross which men call gold. 
For these we undergo 
Our hot and godless days, 
But in our souls we know 
Not unto us the praise.

O Power by whom we live 
Creator, Judge and Friend, 
Upholdingly forgive, 
Nor leave us at the end. 
But grant us yet to see, 
In all our piteous ways, 
Non Nobis, Domine, 
Not unto us the praise.


Temperance (3)

More quotes from Langerak. “”Keep under means discipline..the intemperate Christian cannot run the Christian race. It is called running because it takes exertion. It is impossible to fulfill our callings apart from temperance. Temperance serves the athlete’s contest. He (Paul) teaches that intemperance is a sin.”

From “Walking in the way of love” by Nathan Langerak.

Available here.

Temperance (2)

Temperance is a necessity in the Christian life. It is one of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). Here are some quotes from “Walking in the way of love” by Nathan Langerak in I Corinthians 9:25-27….”The temperate man keeps his eye on the prize and runs and fights with a purpose. Keeping under the body and bringing the body under subjection are aspects of temperance. His (the athlete’s) appearance in those games (Olympics) is not strictly the product of his superior bodily strength and athleticism–natural giftedness–but is especially due to his temperance. Temperance is inner spiritual strength in the justified believer.” 

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Bolt may have a successor!

Clarence Munyai  ran a 200m South African record of 19.69 on St.Patrick’s day 2018. He’s only 20 and improved nearly 0.6 sec since last year, another 0.6 improvement would see him approaching 19 seconds flat (WR is 19.19!). Read more: IAAF commentary.

Also belatedly one of the greatest all-round female athletic achievements happened in Austria in May, Nafi Thiam of Belgium recorded over 7000 points in the heptathlon.

IAAF commentary