I loathed report card times. More so, I loathed the “delight to have in class, talks to much” statements, but it was a time of fear. Enter athletic training. There we looked forward to report cards. It was all about achievement and progress. In one situation we worry about the consequences for falling short. In the other we see how we can bring things up to where we want them to be. The difference is judgementalism vs ownership.
As we read 1 Timothy 4:15, Paul had in mind an ownership mind set. Like an athlete training for an event, everything is consumed by that focus. You want to demonstrate progress because that means reaching your goal. When we own it, evaluation is about the pathway to success, not the value of who you are.
Biggest thing I hates about swimming is cold water. It takes me awhile to adjust and I loath the feeling. Once in and adjusted life is great and swimming a delight. What I learned is you just need to dive in, all the way. The biggest struggle for many Christians is we merely want to ease our way in. Sometimes you need to jump.
Plan and practice
Good achievers plan their practice as much as they plan for their events. The same is true with our walk with God. Solid practice leads to fruitful actions. It is being intentional so we respond well in the situations we face. Christianity is not a passive journey, it is a very active one. Most important things we practice and train for. The same is true for matters of faith. You need a plan, and you need a plan for training.
How do I view my progress of serving God?
What changes do I need to make and what am I doing well?
What does my practice plan look like and how can I make it more effective?