WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016
Key Bible Verse: “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)
Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
I suppose every husband would say he would take a bullet for his wife. But if I want to become that type of husband who would make a giant sacrifice in a moment of crisis, I must be developing a lifestyle of self-sacrifice, including the small things like doing whatever I can to relieve the burden of her daily responsibilities. Even the smallest of good decisions made daily is like flexing a muscle that strengthens you for the challenges ahead.
David knew how to flex this muscle. It was in the isolation of his shepherding vocation at a young age that David could have given into the temptation of brushing off his prayer life, ignoring his responsibility to protect the family flock, or stop practicing his aim with a sling. But he didn’t.
David was in a pattern of praise, prayer, and offering his abilities to God as he used them and guided them. He did the hard work necessary for his family business and protected the sheep under his care from danger. These were the days of obscurity, where his character was slowly being crafted day after day, long before he would face a giant with his sling and five smooth stones.
The courage publicly displayed on the battlefield is courage privately cultivated in the wilderness.
– Tim Chaddick in The Truth About Lies
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