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Blake Griffin is the number one 2009 NBA draft pick for the Los Angeles Clippers. He is 6’10” and dominated college basketball playing for Oklahoma. After he was drafted, he called the Clippers general manager on a Saturday morning to open the gym so he could work out. Being a millionaire and assured a spot on the team, he could have sat back and waited for the team workouts. Blake’s dad, Tommy, said, "But he also knows that nothing is going to be achieved by his talent alone." (“Griffin rolls up sleeves,” Pedro Moura, Los Angeles Daily News, 06/29/2009) When we look around and see successful people, we might think it is just fate or luck. But the truth is most successful people work hard. In the same way, Paul challenges believers to work hard spiritually. Spiritual growth is not an accident.

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