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"Therefore, my brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord's work, knowing that

your labor in the Lord is not in vain."

- 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Holman Christian Standard)

Coaches love "grinders". A grinder is an athlete who succeeds through hard work and determination rather than exceptional skills. Grinders show up every day, they are eager to work and they place team before self. In my opinion, grinders become excellent coaches. Coaches from this mold seldom allow disappointment to turn into discouragement. They welcome each day as a chance to get better individually and as a team. They understand that what they are doing goes far beyond what the average fan sees on game day. Grinders believe the words of the great English writer Samuel Johnson: "Great works are not accomplished by strength, but by perseverance." Hard work over a period of time is usually rewarded.

God knows and comes along side those who are committed to doing His will. We can find comfort in the fact that "grinding" for God is never in vain. We must not allow ourselves to get discouraged or give up. God wants us to keep showing up, ready to work and putting the needs of others first. He will take our service and use it for His purpose. He is always there giving us the strength to persevere when the times get tough and the troubles come. Keep grinding!

Father, thank you for loving us. Teach us and equip us to be grinders for You Lord. May we never give up, give in or give out in our service to You. Amen.

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