Training For the Game of Life

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In the game of football, everything is based upon scoring points or keeping the other team from scoring points.  There are many different parts that make up the working machine of a football team, but the ultimate goal is to have more points on the scoreboard than the other team when the clock read 0:00.  On offense, the focus is on doing things that puts points on the board.  On defense, the focus is on doing things that keep the other team from putting things on the board.  On special teams, the focus is on putting points on the board or putting the team in a position where the offense can put points on the board.  Everything is based on points.

Football players run, train, and sweat.  They do all this in practice in preparation for the games.  The outcome of all of this is that they either win or lose the game, but the win or loss is only temporary.  There is usually another game.

A spiritual soldier is taught how to fight.  They run, train, and sweat all in preparation for the war.  The war is the war against evil.  This war has an outcome that is forever.

We should consider our habits and disciplines as we study the type of training that a Christ-follower goes through.

In the book of 1 Timothy, Paul compares athletic training to spiritual training as we see in the following verse:

1 Timothy 4:7-10 (NIV)

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. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

The difference between athletic training and spiritual training is that the training in our Christian life holds eternal importance.  Spiritual training involves training ourselves daily to turn away from sin caused by evil and turn towards God.  It involves the daily killing of our old nature and putting on our new nature.  This new nature was given to us when we chose to step over the faith line.

Paul talks about this in the following verse we find in the book of Romans:

Romans 8:13 (NIV)

13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

When we choose to live for the things this world offers us, we will only find death in the end.  If we chose to live for the things of God, we will find life.  It really is that simple.

The life we choose to live is a testimony to the gospel.  Our lives are a declaration to others that all things will be restored.  Despite living in a broken world where anything from work to relationships can be difficult and painful, we are being restored to a relationship with God.  We live under the promise that when Jesus returns and conquers evil for good, God will restore our world to a new heaven and a new earth that will be perfect and free from sin.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is:

Are we living a life that reflects this truth?

If we are then we need to continue to do that and look for ways that we can live that life in a way that glorifies God even more.

If we are not, then why?  If not today, then win?  None of us know how long we have so we should not put off till tomorrow things we know we should do today.

Let’s all choose to live today like it is our last.


About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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