Do you remember the first time you drove a vehicle? You were probably a natural, or maybe you had 20 different things you were trying to remember going through your head at the same time. I recall one of the first times behind the wheel of an old Chevy truck with a three speed manual transmission on our farm. It took me at least a few tries to smooth out the ride a bit. After I got my first car, which was also a stick, I had to take it for a few rides out in the country before I got a feel for how it drove. Even a couple years before that, one Summer in High School I took driver’s ed with some classmates I had never driven with before. We had to study and take a test to get a permit, then had to sit in class, then apply what we thought we knew with an instructor who had an extra brake pedal. There were a lot of hoops to jump through to drive a vehicle, and rightfully so. You are responsible for the lives of the people in your car, and everyone else on the road whose paths you cross. Did your initial training on how to drive still influence your driving today?
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
Have you ever dealt with a new employee trying to learn something for the first time? How many chanced did you give them to get it right and figure out how to do their job well? There is probably more margin for error in digging ditches than in other professions, like brain surgery. If you have ever worked with children on the rules of your home, even if you started when they were young, it probably took hundreds of reminders on how to do things before they become second nature to a child. Hopefully you have moved beyond turning off the lights and cleaning up after yourself by now, but what things are you currently training for? Maybe you think you have learned all you need to know in your personal and professional life, but in what areas have you been challenged to grow? Before March of this year, I had never conducted virtual visits using the computer, as I almost always did direct visits with each client. But I learned to adapt, as many others have, when it became necessary. If we don’t know what we are training for, we are probably not learning much.
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 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. 1 Timothy 4:7-8
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Have you ever asked God what He is preparing you for? As we go through each season of life, that may become more apparent to each of us, but we don’t always fully know what lies down the road, or often the next day. When we take a look back over our lives, maybe it is a little more clear how God can use both our strengths and weaknesses to refine us and teach us what we need to know. These things can also mold us into an instrument that God can use in some very specific ways. We become aware of how he is shaping us, and even calling us to be more like Him. It is often not in the way that we plan, or the path that we thought we would take, but the training for each of us is for a very unique path to which each of us are called. May we make ourselves open and available to God to use as he directs and trains us. If you don’t always feel fully prepared or the most qualified for a calling, don’t worry, if God always worked that way, the Bible would read a lot differently. If you want a little more clarity on this subject, I suggest getting in the Word and have a few conversations with your Maker. This would do us all some good!
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
Yours in Christ,