Our coach made us work hard in practice to help us be ready for the game and it paid off. The next day we had a hard practice and coach said it, “On the line.” We sprinted to the line and proceeded to run the best line drills he had ever seen. Now we could see what he saw. Conditioning wins ball games. Our star never said the words, “what does this have to do with playing basketball” again. Coach knew what was best!!!
Ou heavenly Father has a great plan for our families and conditioning and a vision for greater things and winning battles is part of His plan. He can see what is coming down the line for each of us and wants to equip us to handle those life situations and win!! In 1 Corinthians 9:25 Paul wrote, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.“ Our conditioning as believers has eternal effects for us and those who see our lives. As parents our living legacy is one that will turn our children toward or away from following Jesus, but the conditioning we give as parents at the least will prepare them for life and all of it’s curves. It’s took time for our coach to think ahead for the team and all the struggles we would have and it takes time for parents to look ahead for the struggles our kids will face in life. Scripture says in Proverbs 22:6, “Point your kids in the right direction, when they’re old they won’t be lost.”(The Message) I am believing for the best in my children’s lives now that they are adults. I believe we trained them about life and living for Christ and their conscious desire is to serve Jesus. They know He is their God and the one to turn to, and now they pass that on to their children and the training continues…. I like what Harry Truman said, “I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” That sounds funny, but it is very true. Anne Frank said, “Parents can only give good advice put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” Training is just training. The race of life is something that is run by your children when they grow up and the fruit of that training is best seen in how they live their lives. So, when we train them. We must train them to look ahead from our experience and give them tools to handle life at each one of it’s turns and then support them in what they do. They may complain and fight against it at some points in their lives, but the training must go on or they will be left incomplete, weak, and not strong enough to live a life of victory. LOST!! Take time to train them well coach and we can win this game!!
The Pilgrimage continues….