No, I’m not training for a marathon—or even a half-marathon. I’m not trying to set any weight loss or weight lifting records. In fact, I didn’t even realize I was in training until I sat down to do my devotions today. That’s when I read 1 Timothy 4:7-8:
“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (NIV1984, emphasis added)
I started thinking about the first verse. I didn’t look it up in a commentary, but I wonder how many things I do to entertain myself would qualify as “godless myths and old wives’ tales.” I don’t believe I shouldn’t ever watch a movie or enjoy a novel, but I do believe I should be careful about the entertainment choices I make.
And then I got to the training part. I know some runners, and I know that they spend a lot of time preparing for their next race. Like a runner training for a marathon, I should spend time daily training myself—to be godly. I believe the reason I’m having trouble gaining victory in some areas of my life is because I’m not spending the time in prayer and the Word that I should be. I’m spending more time on activities with no eternal value instead. This is something I must correct because verse 8 says that this training has value for this life and for the one to come. I certainly don’t want to arrive in heaven ill-prepared!
Just as a runner spends as much time on training as is required to ensure finishing well, I must make better choices about how I spend my “free time,” and begin spending as much time in prayer and Bible study as possible to ensure that I run a good race—and finish strong!
How do you spend time training to be godly?
I’m linking up with Michelle at SomeGirl’s Website for Thought Provoking Thursday!