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    Ripple Effect

    …train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

    1 Timothy 4:7–8 (ESV)

    Train.

    In the original language, it’s a word that’s soaked in sweat. It’s not a lazy word. It’s about work, time, effort, and energy. Godliness won’t just happen; it takes time. 

    Time is interesting, however. Time is a commodity that is daily renewed and depleted. We each get 1,440 minutes per day to invest.

    There are no rollover minutes. You can’t save minutes for later. And there’s no transferring minutes to other people or other days that seem low. 1,440 minutes, then midnight hits and it starts all over.

    So the question is, what are you doing with your time?

    Training ourselves for godliness means being disciplined with our time. Physical fitness is great, not if it comes at the expense of spiritual fitness. Bodily exercise profits now, but godliness profits now and for eternity.

    So what’s the hangup? Where does all our time go? Let’s be clear about our enemy. The enemy is not busyness, chaos, kids, work schedule, and any number of other excuses. As hard as this may be to swallow, our main enemy is LAZINESS. We are not victims; we make time for what is most important. Disciplined people don’t have more time; they use time wisely.

    If your schedule is like mine, I don’t have extra time. I have to make time for prayer, Bible reading, church, Groups, and more. 

    So put a plan in place, prioritize, and sweat it out. It’s of value in every way!

    K E V I N • M I L L E R


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