My husband and I were training for the Cleveland half marathon this past winter and spring. We didn’t just want to finish . . . we had a goal time in mind. Knowing that we wouldn’t reach that goal by accident, I went online to find a training plan. Download. Print. Stick on the fridge. Now run. That’s not to say there weren’t days when it was hard to get motivated, and we had to come up with answers to our excuses about exhaustion and cold Ohio winters. But we had a plan, the accountability of the upcoming race, and a running partner.
Down the street from me, my sister in the Lord and friend has also been training. She had received a visitor knocking at her door one day from a local cult. After some discussion, they planned a day for the lady to come back and discuss their beliefs. And my friend determined a plan to study and prepare and pray for her returning visitor. Block off time. Protect it. Study. Pray. And when the lady returned, my friend was well prepared to delve into the scriptures, point to truth, and be gracious.
Summer is upon us, and the kids are out of school. Say goodbye to routines. Say goodbye to the built-in accountability of meeting with other women for Bible study (at least for me . . . hopefully, you’re in a great study through The Chapel). I need a plan and accountability. Without it, I’ll limp along feeling the guilt of the undisciplined life. And the emptiness of not being centered in God’s word.
“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7 If I spend days and days not in the word of God, if I do not hide it in my heart, I will reap selfishness, anxiety, and bitterness. But when I spend time in God’s word and let Him transform me, then will a harvest be reaped.
Race day came after months of preparation. And it brought COLD temps along with sleet, hail, and pelting rain. Who would have expected such conditions the third weekend in May! Instead of being dragged down by frozen feet and pelting hail, we laughed. We were well prepared.
Some days, I don’t feel the urgency of being in God’s word. But the truth is that trials will come. God promises that they will. And the question is this: will I be trained and ready to face the storms of life? Will I have sown the seeds that grow into the fruit of a righteous life despite the inclement weather all around me? What about you . . . what does your training plan look like for this summer?
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