Sunday, Aug. 31
Welcome to Day 1 of Vacation. I haven’t seen John since the beginning of 2014. I haven’t fished since I last fished with John a year ago. So, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to attach a picture each day that brings you some reality of where we’ll be fishing in Arkansas over the next 11 days and the pics will attest to my taking Sabbath(s). .. a string of Sabbaths.
This is mostly a travel day for me to get to John and then for us to drive to Arkansas. I realize that as I go fishing this year, there’s going to be some time where I need to be retrained. There’s a lot I know I’ve forgotten about fishing. There will be specific training in each of the places where we will fish. There are obstacles in the water, there are creatures (I don’t want to think about the slithering type that we may see), there will be fast moving water and water levels that will change maybe 9 feet within a day. Fishing the tailwaters mean that we will be fishing in water that will be generated at the dam and we’ll have to move around. There have been times when we’ve slid down embankments and hoisted ourselves up ropes to get in and out of the water. I’ll have to retrain myself in knot tying as I tie my flies onto my leader.
Training assumes that you will arrive at a conclusion; acquiring the skills or outcome you desire. I don’t think training comes naturally for us because we want to believe that we know everything we need to know at any particular time. Training is usually something we do on a short term basis. Training wheels assume that we’ll get past the training point and then remove the training wheels and call ourselves trained. Daily training, as in training every single day of our lives, is something pretty foreign to most of us.
11-14Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.
The author of Timothy uses words to remind the readers that we are to exercise and train daily in God; what we might call spiritual workouts. Timothy gives some examples of how this is worked out in our daily living.
What are the things you know about in life that you have used in training others? What things do you not feel qualified to teach others? If someone called you at the last minute to lead a group in their absence, would you be able to accommodate their request? How likely would it be for you to share your spiritual beliefs and thoughts about God with others? How do you think others learn how to share what they believe?
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you why people need training wheels on bikes
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Christina, Earl, Karen, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall
Prayer: You give us this day and the thank you for that, O God. Help us in this day to not be timid but confident when it comes to you. Guide us to share our faith with others. Amen
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