They run because it is the fastest way out of poverty in their country. The Kenyan Olympic team uses basic methods that produce olympic results.
The residents of Iten is well-known as the “Home of Champions.” And there is good reason for it. The town sits 8,000 feet above sea level, and it’s 6 miles down to the valley. This group of villagers are devoted to daily runs where the air is thin and the slopes are steep.
If a runner is privileged to be chosen to train in the Run-Fast Camp, they are given basic accommodations, simple balanced food and consistent training. But it’s not a fancy place by any means. Their diet consists of corn, beans, kale and sometimes a steak.
So why are their results so profound?
Experts say it’s because they want it. They know that to win in running is to guarantee success in life. As a result, every day at 9a. they line up on a red clay rutted road to run long, hard and fast as their fellow villagers look on shouting accolades and praise. Yes, they are the pride of all who call this place home. And for good reason.
They’ve proven the basics work!
What inspiration to apply to our marriages as well. We can get caught up with the latest book, seminar or comic speaker all telling us how to better our relationship, but in reality all we really need is a greater understanding of how the basic Biblical truths apply to us today.
The Bible teaches us:
- Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. (Ephesians 5:25-31 ESV)
- Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22 ESV)
- …let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:33 ESV)
These attitudes flow from hearts who are more interested in the good of the other than they are in their own good. This is Biblical love expressed in the one flesh union of a husband and wife.
If you commit to do these basics, loving your spouse in this way, then your marriage is sure to grow. You may even win accolades from those who are watching from the sidelines making your home one of marriage champions.
How could you train yourself to love your spouse in this way?
It will take the help of the Holy Spirit to infuse you with His power from on high. But He is more than willing to help us. He’s promised to do so in His Word.
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