“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.” — 1 Timothy 4:7-8
As I think about “training to be Godly” in today’s passage, it truly explains how I came through a difficult time in my life. I was a high school junior when I tore my ACL, and my doctor told me I would never play another sport. I only had two choices after hearing that news: cry over the devastation or fall back on my training.
I chose the latter. I turned to the one true God and what His Word said about me. I prayed, declared and worked, trusting that my efforts would not be in vain. As I labored through rehab, my doctor became a believer as he watched me progress and defy his initial odds. He went from saying I would never play again to saying I’ll play in nine months, then to settling on, “You’ll be back on the court in five months.”
During that time I spoke a simple declaration over my life: “I believe in God and He lives in me. He can do anything so I can do anything.” In my senior year, I watched the God of the universe take my childlike faith and do the improbable through me. But none of that would have happened if I had not fallen back on training.
Are you training yourself in the Word of God, the character of God and through Godliness developed in prayer? When we fall back on our Godly training, He does the rest.
— Fleceia Comeaux, Houston Dash chaplain
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