March 11, 2018

1 Timothy 4: 6-12

Training, no matter what kind, is often difficult. Sometimes training brings excitement because of the newness. Sometimes training is a drag and is the last thing you wish to do. However, it is all necessary.

A friend called me one time and said, “I am thinking about training for a marathon; want to do it with me?” Politely, I responded, (thinking nothing much would come of it), “Sure.” He immediately said, “Great! Tomorrow is the first run of 6 miles.” Eight weeks later, we ended up completing our first marathon. Without training on a weekly basis, we would not have lasted the 26.2-mile run. Many days, the training was dreaded; it hurt; many days, it took hours from the day. But, in the end, the result was great and a memory I will forever cherish.

In the same way, living as a faithful Christian is a commitment. It is a commitment to a whole team of believers. It is a commitment to the one true God to train soul, mind, and body to follow his ways with all the might that can be mustered.

How do you need to train to better set the example for those around you? Whatever it is, do not put it off. Do it today.