"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." (I Tim 4:8)
- When was the last time I got up at 3:30 am to be sure I had quality time with God?
- When was the last time I delayed rest, no matter how fatigued, because there was spiritual work to be done?
- When was the last time I exercised God-given creativity to honor a spiritual commitment instead of justifying my failure to follow through?
The instructors reminded us of the seriousness of this training. "This is not a game," one said. "This could be the difference in life and death someday. The enemy will attack when you least expect it so you've got to be sure you are always ready and your equipment is never more than an arm's length away."
Isn't this also true in life? Is it sufficient to grab my helmet of salvation, but leave the shield of faith in my tent? Shouldn't we all take great care in being prepared at all times? Life comes at us fast, and we're kidding ourselves if we think we'll know when something is about to hit, or that there will be time to go back and grab what we need. But if we train ourselves everyday, diligently connect ourselves to the protection of a Mighty God, and stay alert, nothing will be able to defeat us.
So how 'bout it ... are you battle ready?