God's word in today's world

Keep on practising

We’re sitting in the caravan on the banks of the river at Swellendam. My only purpose this long weekend is to rest. To do nothing and simply be. However, the other three families and my wife had a different idea of what one should do on such a weekend. And that’s why every afternoon they leave the tents dressed in running shoes, shorts and shirts with holes in them.

After a few stretches this way followed by a few lunges that way, they set off in high spirits. Like high-stepping antelopes they trot down the dusty road and disappear over the hill. Nearly an hour later they stumble back covered in sweat, no longer the happy antelopes of earlier. They collapse in the chairs and gasp for breath. As soon as they got their breath back, their first words are: ”Wow, that was good. Tomorrow we’ll do the next hill too.”

I don’t understand it; I’m built for love!

But I know this is the only way to get fit. It’s the only way to prepare yourself for the race ahead. The only way to complete a half marathon is to practise a lot. Kilometres and litres of sweat are required to make your muscles strong enough.

One guy is a rower, and that is why he rows kilometres up and down the river in order to remain fit for his next race. Although I don’t participate myself, I know you cannot just go and do a race without being well prepared. Preparation means putting in a lot of practising, sweat and time.

As children of God, we have to practise too. We must also become fit for the race. 8Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.

We definitely cannot go out into the world and think we can run any race without having practised for it. Our muscles aren’t strong enough yet to run the race. That is why it is so important to spend time with God. It’s no use just quickly reading a piece from the Bible or a book of devotionals, sending up a quick prayer, and then thinking you’re fit enough for life out there.

The first misunderstanding between you and your spouse or children results in minor battle. Why? Because you haven’t spent enough time getting fit for the race of life. That’s why we don’t know how to deal with situations.

If we spend more time with God and study his Word, we’ll become fit and enjoy the race of life much more. Then we won’t get tired halfway and drop out. If we are fit, we’ll be able to continue until the end.

Life is not easy. Every day we have to face decisions that may have a major influence on our lives. When we spend time with God and is fit for life, we’ll know the right decision in every situation.


1 Timothy 4:6-10


How much time do you spend with God?
Are you fit enough for life?
What do you have to do to become fitter?


Lord, I must confess, I practise too little. I sit too little at your feet to learn from You how I must live life out there, but I don’t want to give up. I want to practise more with You. Please help me to do this more and more. Amen.

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