Those athletes who mine for gold
are born quite gifted (so I'm told).
But skill alone is not enough.
It's discipline that counts.
You gotta work to win the prize.
A high IQ won't make you wise.
An inbred talent is a gift,
but practice mines its worth.
You're musical? Well, that's a start.
But to achieve a work of art,
you must invest what friends may waste
and spend much time alone.
The same is true in terms of grace.
When we (by faith) the Lord embrace,
we're gifted and at one with Him
but have a ways to go.
A life of disciplined resolve
is that to which we have been called.
Much time alone with God Himself
fine-tunes a life of faith.