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Practice and Discipline

trash and level ground

Yesterday I got to practice picking things up and leveling ground with our sub-compact Kubota tractor.  It was fun. There were two trash bags full of grass in the middle of the back yard that I thought needed to be moved. So I drove up to them lowered the bucket and tried to lift. My first attempt the bucket was not all the way on the ground so the trash bag just rolled. Then Bob came over and directed me and I scraped up the bag took it over by the compost pile and dumped it. Then I went back for the second bag. This one was a little more difficult and Bob ended up rolling it into the bucket for me but I was able to dump it out by the other one.

Then I noticed that I had disturbed the ground and made a bit of a rut. So I decided that I needed to level that ground back out. I asked Bob how to do it and he said that I should just play around with it and figure out what would work. So I did. Playing around with it gave me practice on the controls. By the time I was finished the ground was level and looking good. I wished there was more to do in the yard but there wasn’t so I parked it (another fun job) and quit for the day.

Just like I am new to running our small tractor and need some assistance until my skills have been honed, Christians can get guidance to help them get started but there comes a time when they must learn to “be” a Christian on their own. Christianity is a spiritual discipline and must be exercised or it will not flow freely in your life. You will forget what to do and how to do it.

As with any training program getting the right nutrition is important. The Word of God is food for those who embrace Christianity with their lives. But just eating is not enough, you must then exercise what has been learned in order to grow and mature.

James 1:22 (NASB)

22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

I am working to become a very good tractor operator but that won’t happen without practice and discipline. Being a good and faithful Christian also does not happen without practice and discipline. Join me in this challenge to become more disciplined in a Christian life.

Enjoy your week.



IMG_0395Sneaking time here and there, finding moments between working and two children under 4 she somehow managed to train for a marathon. It is one item on the bucket list that she is determined to complete. Her mind is set and her training in progress. She has read books on what to do and is doing it.

Saturday, as I sat and talked with my daughter, Jacquie, she told me that she had run 20 miles on Thursday. I did not react at all because I could not comprehend such an accomplishment. Later she commented that I did not react to it. I realized that when something is so out of my understanding I just don’t know what to say. I should have explained that I was amazed but I didn’t. She explained that most people do not understand how big that is and I agreed.

When you put every moment of your spare time and make extra time to accomplish something, you want those you share it with to encourage you to continue. I am amazed at what Jacquie has accomplished and pray that she makes it all the way to the finish line.

Have you ever noticed that we want others to acknowledge our accomplishments in this marathon we call Christianity? Would it make it easier if along the way we felt we were making a difference in this world? Of course it would. The problem is that sometimes we look to people who just have no idea what we are doing and try to get encouragement from them, when we should look to God who understands where we are and what we are doing for our encouragement.

After all, Christianity should be all about God and His will, not us. But God understands that we need encouragement to continue. And that is why He tells us to keep our eyes on the prize in order to finish the race. Just like Jacquie has been working toward that marathon and she awaits the finish line to feel the accomplishment of finishing the race, we should realize that the prize we are after is eternal life with God. And during the race we are to show off our skills of bringing Glory to God at every turn, up every hill and across every straight path.

Paul explains in his letter to Timothy:

2 Timothy 4:6-8

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

So for some encouragement this week I suggest that we all remind ourselves of the prize, pray for strength, exercise our spiritual muscles and bring Glory to God with everything we do. Enjoy the race and I will be back next week with more.

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