“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalms 119:11, ESV)
I remember arriving at a swim meet one morning to travel the 20-ish miles from Schofield Barracks Army Base to Honolulu. My Dad and I were both excited to see how I would match up against state wide swimmers. I was one of the best breaststrokers in the islands—for my age anyway. I hurried to the bathroom where I discovered that I forgot my swimsuit. I had my warmups on, but only under where beneath. Fortunately, time was on my side and we were able to make the round-trip before my first heat.
Day after day, and night after night, rain or shine we hit the water with sprints and stroke & kick drills and, of course, the never ending repeats. I miss them now that I’m overweight and otherwise slowed by age. We trained hard so that we could race hard. We couldn’t expect to swim fast in a meet if all of our training was slow and laid back. Our potential energy is low when our training is too easy.
We find ourselves changing. Who we were then is not who we are now. Thy call it GROWTH. Are we growing in our faith, or are we still fighting to break away the chains that have bound us? We train so that whatever weaknesses we find in ourselves can become malleable for the Holy Spirit to create in their places strengths.
When it comes to growing our faith, there is no substitute for the Word of God. From it we learn the heart of God, and the will of God. An intimate knowledge of the Bible stores up spiritual potential energy! It is our joy in good times. It is our strength in hard times. And it is the key to relationship with our Father in Heaven.
Our relationship with our Father, through His Word, ensures that we show up prepared for whatever circumstance we face.
As always, these are the musings of a mindful disciple. Blessings on your week!
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