Stop Trying, Start Training

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)

How often do we answer, when someone asks us to do something, “I’ll try?”   It’s often the same with New Year resolutions, we start off with good intentions, but all too often, we end up trying as best we can, but we soon give up.   Well, it might be time to stop trying and start training.

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)

What have you been trying to do or achieve in your life?   What do you wish for?   We all have hopes and dreams, ambitions, and aspirations, and we spend our lives trying to achieve.   And for many of us, all we do is try, we never seem to live the life of our wildest dreams.   We just keep trying.

Maybe it’s time to start training.   You see, the only obstacle between your current life and the life of your dreams is YOU!   Your choices, your decisions, your actions, or lack of action.   I’ve often said, “There’s no such thing as try, there is only do or not do.”   You cannot try to pick up a pen from the desk, you either pick it up or you don’t.   There is no in-between.   It’s the same when we climb a mountain.   We either climb it or we don’t.   We might be half-way up, moving our arms and legs, climbing as best we can, “trying” to climb the mountain; but at the end of the day, we have either climbed the mountain or not.

Of course, we can improve our chances – by training.   We can learn to climb, we can ask someone to teach us, we can practice, and we can train.   We can stop trying and start training.   Then, when we approach the mountain again and start climbing, after enough training and enough practice, we are more likely to be successful.

It’s the same in life.   Whatever mountains we face, we can learn, we can be taught, we can practice, and we can train; then we face the mountains with a new determination, a new attitude, with new skills, with success to achieve and attain.   And the more training we do, the more likely we will be able to stop trying and simply attain.  

So, what are you training for?   Physical training is good, but it’s only for physical achievements.   We may win the race, lift the burden, climb the mountain; but when we face mountains in our life, they are rarely physical mountains that need moving.   They may be hurts, habits, hang-ups, flaws, faults, or failures; they may be compulsive behaviours or addictions.   We are spiritual, as well as physical, beings.  

Therefore, we need to consider our spiritual training also.   After all, as Scripture says, it “is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the lift to come.”   Who doesn’t want benefits that outlast our lifetime?   Maybe, it’s time to start training!

May we pray.   We have so many hopes and dreams, ambitions and aspirations.   But all too often they involve the things of this world – the physical things – as opposed to the spiritual.   May we recognise that we are also spiritual beings, and that we need spiritual training too.   As we train, may we grow in godliness and earn those benefits in this life and in the next.   We ask this in the name of Jesus.   Amen.

If you’re interested in finding out more about spiritual training, please get in touch. You can also find out more about Discipleship here. May God Bless You.

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