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.”
Olympian Lori “Lolo” Jones, 29, made headlines a little while ago, and not because she made it to the London Olympics, where she could redeem herself in the 100-meter hurdles, after having fallen while in the lead at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lolo was in the headlines on the news, on the radio, on the Internet because she said that staying a virgin is harder than training for the Olympics.
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: LOOK AT GOD! The last time this was posted was as the Summer Olympics were wrapping up, even though it was written weeks before that. This time, Lolo is on the bobsled team at the Winter Olympics. Tell me that's not God's timing. I don't know if Lolo will make 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,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.