Written by the fantabulous Roger
What to avoid
Paul tells Timothy to teach God’s word. He warns against those who quibble about things and start or take part in quarrels and wrangles. They are petty and get in the way of seeing God’s truth.
Do we sometimes gossip about things and say something bad about other people, or lose our temper? How do we feel about that afterwards? Better to avoid situations like that and say nothing perhaps.
Be content with what we have rather than focus on what we have not. “Love of money is the root of all evil” Paul says.
Paul instead talks about living the race of faith and being rich in noble actions.
As we prepare to run and begin running the race, it will behove us to plant ourselves in God’s written word in the Bible. God’s word contains the promises that we’ll need to stand on in order to finish successfully. The best endurance training includes a daily quiet time with God where we connect with him through prayer, worship and Bible study. It is there where we’ll learn God’s character and become sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
What things do you need to have collected before you start the race? What things will support you in your race? What things should you avoid ?