I’m in Training!

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!

Photo credit: Dru Bloomfield

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5 Responses to I’m in Training!

  1. Sara says:

    How funny – I think we were both blogging about “running” at the same time. I love how God uses such physical pictures to show us deeper truths. I struggle with free time as I don’t want to waste time, but I know I can’t forever work. Thanks for your thoughts. I’ll look forward to seeing how other godly women & men relax! (They probably run! :-) )

  2. Stef says:

    beautiful! ” 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”

    good for you friend! Run the race well !!

  3. Marisa says:

    Very wonderful advice, Jennifer! Stef I had a pastor challenge me once with this: He said, “When you have passed from this life to your Heavenly home and you’re standing before the Lord, of all the things that passed through your hands while on this earth what will there be that had eternal value?” Wow! That’s a mouthful …you’ve prompted me to reflect on this once again and be reminded to set my priorities straight. As Jennifer stated, we are a work in process.

    So glad to fellowship with my sisters!!

    Marisa

    • That’s a good question to contemplate on a daily basis, Marisa! If I would do more thinking in light of the eternal, I would stay focused and on track better. Thanks for adding your insight to the discussion. It is great to fellowship with other believers, online and offline!

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