I'm thankful my sons got my husband's genes when it comes to athletics. If they had mine, their athletic experience would have been limited to tetherball on the 4th grade playground. I've been told I run worse than a girl. The one time I got
Thankfully you haven't stopped by my blog today to learn about sports ... hopefully I can share a lesson from sports we can learn without breaking a sweat. So, welcome if you are visiting after reading my devotion about off-season training. If you haven't read it, hop over to Proverbs 31 Ministries for a peek.
What I've learned from watching my athletic family, is what you do off-season, significantly affects in-season performance. If you want to succeed, do your personal best or pin an opponent, your training prepares you for that one moment that makes the difference.
For a Christian, reading God's Word is one of the best ways to train off season. Here are some of the benefits I've found by training in Scripture:
1) I recognize the voice of God more readily. When you read the Bible, you get to know God. You stop saying things like, "God would never ..." The only thing I'm convinced of is God would never sin. Other than that, our God is in the heavens and He does whatever He pleases. (Psalm 115:3) So when He speaks to me, I'm better equipped to know it's Him because I've heard His voice recorded for generations.
2) I've gotten answers to questions I haven't asked yet. Here's an example. One thing I learned by reading the Bible is I can know God's will. I didn't even think it was possible before I read Romans 12:2. It reads: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." That truth gave me confidence to step out in faith.
3) I've made life-changing decisions based on truth in the Bible. One huge choice I made was to honor my husband in my heart. In my flesh, I wanted no part of that. There was some sense of power I retained by harboring dishonoring thoughts. But then I put two verses together: Ephesians 5:33 which teaches a wife to respect her husband and Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5:21-22, which says if you are angry, you will be judged the same as if you had murdered. I understood through those, and other scriptures, that God was looking at my heart just like He's looking at my actions. It made me do a heart-check in my marriage, and I wasn't looking too good.
Last night, my friend Wendy Blight felt compelled to write a prayer for marriages. She had no idea I would share this on my blog today. If want to pray for your marriage, and don't have the words, please visit Wendy's site for a prayer God led her to write.
Of course, I've only touched on the powerful impact of training has when a crisis hits. Training is the difference between standing firm or falling apart.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject. As I mentioned in the devotion, I'm giving away a copy of the Chronological Bible to someone at random. All you have to do is identify one truth you’ve learned from the Bible that has helped you stay strong in the tough times. If you don't have a truth to identify, the just make a comment. Please leave your email address so I can get in touch with you. Or check back on Friday when I'll post the winner.
Thanks so much for joining me today. May the Lord bless you!
In His Love,