I happened across this story and was pretty amused.
GALLIVARE, Sweden, Nov. 30 (UPI) — A Hong Kong man was named the world’s top Santa in a Swedish competition that included reindeer races, porridge eating and chimney climbing events.
Jim Cheng of Hong Kong bested eight competitors from diverse locations including South Africa and Australia at the 2009 Santa Games in Gallivare, Sweden, The Local reported Monday.
I can just see this guy in a Santa costume training his heart out to be the ultimate Santa. Now, I am knocking the guy. I don’t like porridge, never climbed a chimney, and obviously never raced a reindeer. But, it obviously meant something to him and so he trained and prepared to be the best.
So many people would say that that Jesus matters to them, their Christians faith matters to them, prayer matters to them, but yet what supposedly matters so much to them does not cause them put into action of practice their beliefs. If you claim to be a follower of Jesus. Do the right things daily, train so that maximize the glory that you bring to God through your life!
1 Timothy 4:7-10 But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness, (8) for, the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (9) This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. (10) In fact, we labor and strive for this, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. (25) Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. (26) Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly, or box like one who beats the air. (27) Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.