I was really into basketball growing up. In high school I heard a basketball story from a friend that blew my mind.
My friend was playing pickup basketball in a gym at a small college in the Bay Area. Chris Mullin walked into the gym and started stretching. The amateur players clearly noticed that a current NBA All-Star had just walked in, but everyone did their best to play it cool. The game continued, until they noticed Chris Mullin was on a side-court shooting layups (really close to the hoop). As he warmed up he began back farther and farther away from the hoop. My friend said the activity in the gym slowly quieted as the room turned to watch Chris shoot. It was gorgeous.
He shot for about an hour…and never missed a shot.
What?!? This doesn't happen. The best of the best miss. Everyone misses shots. Yet he nailed all the shots from 10 feet, then 15 feet, then he backed outside the 3 point line and still didn't miss a shot. After draining his final 3 point shot, he came closer to the hoop, cooled off with some more layups, and walked out of the gym.
What do you care enough about to actually work at it? Does it matter?
How can we put that much effort into our spiritual lives?