“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Daniel 6:10

What up.

I love the Olympics.

I love watching all the different sports and becoming an expert (in my own mind) about the most obscure ones because I have watched it so much over three weeks.

I love the passion that the athletes compete with. Both for their country and from the spirit of competition.

I love the moments it creates. Both moments watching and cherishing with my family and the moments that you can see unfold on screen as men and women pour out all the energy pushing for gold.

Most of all though, I love how fine the margins are. The difference between Gold and silver is often hardly measurable. It’s the difference of less than a skate length in a race, or one less bobble going down the hill in Super-G, or less than one second in a start for Bobsled.

4 years of practice and perfecting the art of their craft often comes down to such fine margins, it’s almost cruel. But that is just the thing. It’s not cruel. The sport just awards the closest to perfection, and perfection isn’t created in a day. Perfection is created by years and years of getting all the small details right.

Winning is a bi-product of doing the little things well.

My college soccer coach used to say this all the time. Winning isn’t an accident, or a stroke of luck. It is the result of getting the little things right. It’s rewarding the effort that it took to get there.

The Olympics themselves celebrate the medals, the goals, the records, the achievement. But all of those don’t happen without the effort to get there.

It’s the same in our walks with the Lord.

The big moments when we stare down trails with unwavering faith, or “have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps,” (1 Corinthians 13:2 Msg) or are put through the fire but rejoice because that it is creating in us perseverance; those are created in the practice. Our faith is strengthened in the daily discipline.

A 50-year marriage that is God-honoring and fruitful isn’t created because of a big anniversary trip once a year and valentines roses. It’s created because of the daily little things of prayer and showing love and kindness in little things.

Raising kids who honor the Lord and are disciples who make disciples doesn’t happen because of the big things. It’s the little daily reminders and lessons you teach. It’s showing the example to them of daily time with the Lord.

I heard a pastor recently say that “Daniel didn’t learn to trust in the lion’s den. Daniel learned in his prayer closet.” That is the point I am trying to make. The big things, the lion’s den, the Olympic Final, they are going to happen. The effort we put in today to get the little things right is what is going to lead to those being successes.

- Taylor Dooley

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