Day 12 – 23 Days of Thanksgiving – Training is Everything


I talk about the small things a lot on here. It’s a revelation I came to about myself a year or so ago. I tend to think big, I have an idea and it has suddenly blown into a major event. I have good intentions through it all, but because I’ve set my sights so high, I have a tendency to get discouraged when things don’t quite go where I had planned.

Instead, I’ve come to realize that God often moves in those small and everyday events. A smile, a chat over coffee, a silent prayer, things that in the past I would have blown up and tried to make a major event.

The above video, a montage from one of the later Rocky movies showing the training. We think of the main event and that is the big conclusion of the movie. The big fight. But where would he have been if he hadn’t gone through the training. The movie glosses over the training, because it’s boring. It’s just mundane activities to prepare us for the big event. But without it. Rocky would have failed.

It’s during this training montage that greatness is built. The big event simply reveals the greatness created during those long, boring moments in between.

How are we training for God?
God puts these training moments in every moment of every day of our lives. How we react to adversity is a training moment. How we treat the least of us, is a training moment. How we give from the best of ourselves is a training moment. Our relationships with our families is a time of training. Every day at work in our ethic of hard work and how we treat our colleagues and customers are all training moments. How we act on our drive home when we are stuck in traffic, is a training moment. Every moment of our lives we are in training for what God has planned for us.

Those training moments are everything. It’s in those moments, these ordinary moments of everyday life that I think God does some of his greatest work. It’s when our greatest training and preparation happens. Just look around and do what God has put in front of us and let this time of preparation get you ready for the big (or small) things God has planned for our future.

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