I Corinthians 9:27 (Amplified Bible) … But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service].
Today, I sat at my desk in the office alone and worked very hard to get caught up on things I could’ve tried to tackle in December. I woke with a migraine and had a cup of coffee with coconut milk to swallow down two Advil. By midday, I added a cup of water.
When I took a break, I asked God to empty me so that he could fill me again with something he could use. I don’t want to be a hungry version of myself. I want the fullness of God. I want radical change that makes me a better man, son, brother, preacher, leader Abdullah follower. So, I don’t lament about the state of my body. I ask God to use my status for His glory. I want him to honor what I’m doing for Him and to know that I’m willing to serve Him no matter what!
A boxer doesn’t live like the average man. He disciplines himself because he knows that even if he isn’t in a fight, he’s in between one. It’s better to stay ready than to have to get ready. So, I do what Paul said. I discipline myself… so I’m ready. I’m not a victim. I’m called to a life that doesn’t allow me the privilege of living casually. That’s what Paul was getting at.