Daily Devotion, 07/27/2018, “Train for Tomorrow”
1 Timothy 4:7-8 NIV 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.
Sharon was telling me just yesterday about how good she feels now that she’s had almost a full summer of swimming and exercising in our pool. It’s not like she’s preparing for the Olympics but she does train hard almost every day to stay in shape. Micah and I do the same by going to Dynamic to get in our cardio work and lift weights. It’s been cool watching Micah grow taller, leaner and stronger this summer…I won’t be winning too many more wrestling matches against him! Over in NOLA, Caleb prefers to run and to ride his bike. As Paul wrote, “physical training is of some value,” so we do as much of it as our schedules allow. “Some value” includes feeling good, avoiding many health issues, having high energy levels and earning the right to partake in “Free Pie Wednesday” at O’Charley’s!
That being in said, I would be foolish if I invested my time do that which has “some value” while neglecting to that which “has value for all things.” When I invest the time and effort to train myself “to be godly,” there are tremendous benefits both temporally in this life and eternally in the life that is to come. For me, training to be godly includes a daily time of prayer, worship, applying the Word to my life and submitting my will, rights and all control to God. It also includes learning from others through conversations, books, podcasts and events. I also “train” with my small group and my CrossRoads family when I gather with them. Godliness is spiritual fitness. Like physical fitness, spiritual fitness doesn’t just happen. It requires time, intentionality and effort.
So take a walk today, go for a swim or pump a little iron…maybe even eat a slice of pie. There is “some value” to all of that, just be sure to train yourself to be godly along the way. You are loved!