I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." ~ Muhammad Ali

There is a body of people that carry themselves like champions, no matter what their circumstances bring their way. They won't quit, back down, let up or shut up until they fulfill their purpose, destiny and dreams. The Champion's Ship is making a stop, and I hope after reading this, you will hop on.

The suffix "-ship" denotes four specific things:

1) A state, condition or quality. If you want to get on the Champion's Ship, you must have a mindset that come hell or high water, you won't forget that you're a champion. I was walking with a friend yesterday, and she looked down on the ground within the dirt and grass and found a quarter. It was beat up, dirty, barely recognizable, but guess what? That bad boy was still worth its full 25 cents! Just because you take a hit doesn't mean you're valued any less.

2) Office, dignity or profession. Whether you're flipping burgers or houses, do it to the best of your ability. Promotion comes to those who carry themselves like they belong in the Champion's Ship no matter what their profession is.

3) Art, skill. The Champion's Ship has reserved seating and season tickets for those who find out what their passion is and work towards making the world a better place because of that passion. Muhammad Ali was a fighter, Jesus is a Savior, I am a writer, my friend is a singer...give your all to that passion, and you will find your name written on a suite in the Champion's Ship.

4) The body of persons participating in a specified activity. The Champion's Ship requires dedication, sacrifice, motivation, enthusiasm, prayer, and a willingness to leave a legacy for generations to come, should the Lord wait a little while longer to return. Peter Daniels, a champ I definitely look up to, said that he wanted his life to change the world for 300 years after he was dead and buried. This man who only had 6 years of formal education, has totally revolutionized the economic system of Australia and its surrounding nations because he believed that he belonged on the Champion's Ship long before his circumstances lined up with that belief.

What about you? Do you belong on the Champion's Ship? What sacrifices are you making now in order to live the rest of your life like a champ? Tell me about it!