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Train For Godliness

When I graduated from Germantown High in 2010, I wasn’t recruited by Mississippi State to play basketball. In fact, they were recruiting two of my teammates. Nonetheless, I’ve decided that State was the only place I wanted to be and turned down the opportunity to play for the University of Memphis. I was small in stature, mediocre in skill, and very undisciplined in training.

I had not yet learned how to train my total man for completing the tasks of God ,nonetheless, the requirements for collegiate sports. But, I’ve held tightly to 1st Timothy 4:8 which says, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Fast forward four years and I’m living the dream. I traveled to most of the SEC schools, played against NBA caliber players and coaches, and represented a powerhouse school in the greatest conference in the nation. I trained day in, and day out for my opportunity to shine. Even against the difficulty of not playing ball the previous four years of my college career, I’ve done what many people told me was impossible.

And at the conclusion of my last collegiate basketball game against Bruce Pearl’s Auburn team, I cried and reflected on how much I’ve invested to get there. In the blink of an eye, it was over. We train, we invest in, and we lose sleep over things that will inevitably lose its value, end, and die. We place high stakes in superficial things and expect it to reflect our identity. As believers, we even brag, and boast about how “spiritual” we are because of the heavy lifting we accomplish in Jesus’ name. Timothy Keller once said, “It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.”

Where is your strength? Is it in your own abilities because of your resume’, or is it in God. Take time today to reflect on this question. Be completely honest with yourself, and course correct accordingly. It’s never too late to fully put your trust in God while He is near.

Always remember your purpose and your worth net. Never a day are you worth-less, because you’re worth it…And so much more!”

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