weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - June 20, 2023
If a man does not exercise his arm he develops no biceps muscle; and if a man does not exercise his soul, he acquires no muscle in his soul, no strength of character, no vigor of moral fiber, nor beauty of Spiritual growth. - Henry Drummond
An interviewer asked the star football player (American style) how he spent his ‘off season.’ “Practicing” was his simple reply. He spoke of watching film of his previous season and talking to retired players who provided insight and advice. But mainly he said he worked hard each day to improve his God-given skills to use them more effectively.
Like the football player, God has gifted each of us with special abilities and unique gifts. Some people are gifted teachers and preachers, other are equipped to help behind the scenes. Whatever gifts we have, God expects us to develop and use them effectively.
Paul told his young friend Timothy, “Do not neglect the gifts you have. . . Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.” (I Timothy 4:14-15)
Practice always involves repetition. The more we do the same thing over and over the deeper it lodges in our memory, creating a default pattern of behavior.
Most of us are not super-star Christians, but each of us has gifts we need to serve God and help our teammates. Practice, practice, practice to develop your gifts and to use them to glorify God to the best of your abilities.
Author & President
Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc