Watching the Olympics brings to mind the phrase “one shot”: to ‘achieve in a single attempt.’ These athletes have trained a lifetime for their one shot at the gold. Likewise, our race on earth is our preparation for eternity (Heb. 12:1-3; 1 Cor 9:24-27): our training for reigning (1 Tim. 4:8; 2 Tim. 2:12).
Revivalist Leonard Ravenhill said 'you can’t catch up on your prayer life when you get to the judgment seat of Christ.' And that applies to everything! We have one shot in this life, although our one-shot is a lifetime of choices. And though we may 'miss the mark' many times, we must never stop trying to “give it our best shot.”
The 18th century evangelist George Whitefield said every time he preached, he did so as if it were his last. At my age, I think about that more often—each conversation, interaction, act of kindness (or rudeness), or each blog post might be my last. Whatever your age, it is no less relevant. “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. And may the Lord show us his approval and make our 'one shot' successful.” (Ps 90:12, 16).