Going on a canoe trip with guys I’ve never camped with before meant one thing: training hard. This was totally a matter of pride. I didn’t want to be the one to hold the group back. So training hard I did. It meant pushing myself. Then something amazing happened.
A day off
I was not alone. The others had the same prideful fear of being the one who held the group back. Our team was fit and ready for the great adventure that lay ahead. So in tune from training hard that we left a wake behind our canoes and paddled ourselves a full day ahead of schedule. This allowed for a day off. As we read 1 Timothy 4:8 we see that getting a day off was not the biggest thing.
The trip was about leadership training. Because we prepared well, worried we’d hold the team back, the team exceeded expectations. Church is a team, the leader said. When we all do our part and work hard training in righteousness, amazing things can happen when the church comes together. Leaders lead best when the prepare and train hard for the mission they intend to do.
Spiritual health matters
Training in godliness effects all areas of life, including eternity. Until Jesus comes back, the chance of us growing old and having broken down bodies is likely. It is a consequence of sin. But, our spiritual health matter for the whole of our life and its effectiveness reaches into the new heavens and earth. There we get new tip top shape bodies. So, while working out profits some, especially when canoeing, the breather reward is training to develop our souls to be vibrant and healthy.
What is my training look like for spiritual health?
Which and why is more important to me: spiritual health or physical health?
What and why is my training plan to strengthen my soul?