Pray While You’re Prey Weekly Devotions for Singles
It Ain’t Easy
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“It’s hard enough to be pure and holy when you are alone, but once you meet your hunter, it’s even harder.”
Now, I am not what anyone would consider an athlete; I played three years of sub-par volleyball in eighth through tenth grade and I did win the Presidential Physical Fitness Award in sixth grade, but that is the extent of my athletic ability. When I watch track stars, or any other athlete for that matter, I cannot imagine the level of training that they go through to win races on the national and international levels. So, when she says that it is difficult, but staying pure is even more difficult, you know that staying a virgin is not easy.
Many people wanted to chalk Lolo’s virginity up to some training ritual, but she very clearly stated that she does not intend to have sex before marriage because of her relationship with Christ. Now, people want her and Tim Tebow, the world’s most famous virgin, to date. I am not really interested in Lolo’s potential love life with Timmy, but her love life with Jesus is inspiring.
Lolo Jones is right. Staying pure is complicated. It is complicated if you have never had sex. It is complicated when you are in a relationship. It is especially complicated if you have had sex and are trying to live obediently. God is not a cruel god. He is not trying to keep something wonderful and magical from us, but He wants us to enjoy it as married people. God knows the complexities of having a sexual relationship with someone. Those complexities are best handled by people who have committed themselves to each other through marriage. Lolo and Tim get that. It took me a long time, and several slip-ups, but I get it, too.
To know that you are being obedient to God and showing Him that you love Him more than any person on this earth makes purity more precious than an Olympic gold medal or a Superbowl ring. You might not feel like you are capable of living according to God’s Will as it applies to sexual intimacy, but God is able to help you through it. It is one of many narrow doors of Christianity, but the benefits of obedience far outweigh the momentary pleasure of disobedience. No one said it is easy, but it is totally worth it!
NOTE: I wrote this several weeks ago and it just so happens that it is getting posted as the Olympics are wrapping up. Tell me that's not God's timing. Lolo didn't take the medal stand, but I am confident that God has a bigger prize for her than silver, gold or bronze!
Thank You, God for giving me the opportunity to show
You how much I love you by keeping my body pure.
Please forgive me for the times when I have not lived according to Your Will.
Lord, please help me to be strong enough to refrain from sex until marriage.
In Jesus’ Name,