"No Pain, No Gain": There is a cost running a race well.
Costs include time from your family and friends, energy and self-discipline. Then there's running shoes and other gear. It's not convenience. It's not easy. If it was, everyone would do it and it wouldn't mean as much.
There's a cost to training to run the race of faith well too.
Costs include time , sleep (or late night TV), energy and self-discipline. There's some gear to get too (Bible, notebook or journal, highlighter and pen).
I found that the more I train, the better I run--whether it's a race or my walk of faith. When I quit training, I lose strength in both cases. And there are usually painful consequences that result as well.