24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
~ Matthew 7:24-25
Godly Training vs. Physical Training
“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 Tim 4:8
Does this mean that unbelievers don’t have character? Not at all. There are many individuals who are refined by great parents or role models who have coached them to success. They were brought up and molded into capable individuals with much potential to handle high levels of stress; however, while the scriptures acknowledge the value of physical training, it points out that godliness has value for all things, for this life and the life to come. (For the purpose of this article, I am referring to “physical training” as any type of training that does not involve religion.)
What Can We Learn from the 3 Little Pigs?
Once upon a time there were three little pigs. One pig built a house of straw while the second pig built his house with sticks. They built their houses very quickly and then sang and danced all day because they were lazy. The third little pig worked hard all day and built his house with bricks.
Many of our problems are produced by the fruit of our character. If we’re lazy, we do things quickly, often overlooking important details, forgetting deadlines, putting off things until the last minute, letting someone else do it for us, etc. We like to take shortcuts, but we end up reaping the consequences of our choices because we were not careful in the first place.
“A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord.”
~ Proverbs 19:3
If we are diligent, we will take the time to build our house carefully, and we will be patient with the process.
Our house is our life, and we build our house with the choices we make. Not every choice will be easy (after all, I’m talking about making the right kind of choices that will please God and go against our sinful nature); in the end, if we make it our aim to please God in all that we do, our house will remain standing if it’s built with bricks of righteousness on the foundation of obedience.
Suffering Produces Character
Sometimes I feel like at my age, it’s kind of late to start building character now. If your life is falling apart and you’re not sure how to put it back together, consider your suffering as an opportunity to produce character in you:
3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
~ Romans 5:1-5
Don’t focus on the problems. Focus on God who pours His love into your heart. Don’t suffer in vain. Make your suffering work for you by responding the right way – putting scriptures into practice.
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