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Daily Devotional: Wednesday, May 29 - Training To Win

“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 4:8

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When I met my wife, she was training to compete in the long jump and triple jump at the U.S. Olympic trials. Even while working full time, she would discipline herself and train hard to jump farther. Though she barely missed qualifying for the Olympic trials, being disciplined helped her become a two-time All-American and the school record holder in the long jump at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The Bible reminds us in 1 Timothy 4:8 (above) that physical discipline is of some value, but disciplining yourself for the purpose of growing in Godliness holds promising benefits both for this life and the life to come.

Intentional Bible reading and prayer are two spiritual disciplines that will help us grow in Godliness. In 1 Peter 2:1-2, we find that reading and studying the Bible is like milk that helps us to grow big and strong. Imagine drinking your favorite post-workout protein drink after a hard gym session. Just like an athlete won’t build muscle without enough protein, you won’t grow in Christ if you aren’t reading the Bible regularly. So start a Bible-reading plan and read it daily.

Reading the Word of God is one way we can hear from God, and prayer is opening up to talk to Him. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we read that it is God’s will for us to continually pray. So don’t just pray for meals or games, pray all the time, about everything. Along with regular Bible reading, pray regularly — and watch how you grow in Godliness. Life won’t be the same.

— Ikki Soma, Iowa Wolves chaplain

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