Remember Your Training
Thanks to Jen Hatmaker’s daughter, Remy, I have a new phrase to add to my growing list of things to remind myself of on the dark days.
Jen (@jenhatmaker) wrote in an instagram post recently:
“Our family went to a Texas basketball game last week, and as always, it is hilarious to sit by Remy. She doesn’t understand sports and never picked up on proper cheering, so she has her own special brand of yelling. One of my favorites from last week was this (always said with full sincerity): “Keep trying! Make it into the basket! Remember your training!” LOL. Wondering if any of you need to “remember your training” today?”
These three words are awesome on so many levels.
Remember your training!
In the dark, early mornings, I sit with coffee and dog and train my mind and my heart and my hands for battle by reading God’s word. I memorize and study and journal for the purpose of knowing God more and storing up what I need to do life. Most days and months, it’s all good and lovely and meaningful. I feel renewed and refreshed, ready to start the day.
But since last year, the year that will be referred to as Worst Year Ever, my mornings have taken on an entirely different tone. Rather than an hour of touch-up, like what I do to my make up at the end of the day if I’m going out at night (Who am I kidding! I never go out at night. But in theory . . .), this time has become more like oxygen, dialysis, chemo. In other words, without it, I die. My heart turns cold and unforgiving, my mind does somersaults contemplating revenge and confrontations, my soul wallows and wilts and withers.
And 2017 has begun with it’s own set of doozies.
But the Word, the Living Word that flows and flushes through my veins enables me to live into this one day and then the next and then the next without timidity or discouragement or fear. Without anger. Without unforgiveness. It gives me the power and the strength to live a life of love and mercy and kindness regardless of circumstances, regardless of meetings and phone calls and emails. However, I must take it with me as I rise and get on with the day. I can’t read it and then leave it behind.
For all of us who want to succeed at anything — athletics, academics, fitness, healthy eating, parenting, care-giving, godliness — we must take what we learn in the light and what we learn in the dark and remember it! Use it! Put it into practice!
In other words:
Remember my training! Remember my training! Remember my training!
- Remember the Word I read just that morning that said believers have been placed in hard places as “sentinels to truth.” (Mark 13:10, all references will be from The Message)
- Remember that Jesus said: “Be generous with your lives.” (Matthew 5:16)
- Remember that Jesus said to the religious leaders: “I’m after mercy, not religion.” (Matthew 9:13)
- Remember that Jesus gave power to His followers “to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives.” (Matthew 10:1)
- Remember that Jesus promised, “I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.” (Matthew 11:30)
- Remember that even Jesus felt agonizing and crushing sorrow. (Matthew 26:38)
- Remember that Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t listen to them; just trust Me.” (Mark 5:36)
- Remember that Jesus sees us struggling. (Mark 6:48)
- Remember that Jesus said to His disciples, “Anyone who intends to come with Me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it.” (Mark 8:34-35)
- Remember that Jesus wanted His followers to “embrace this God-life . . . and pray for absolutely everything, ranging from the large to the small.” (Mark 11:22-23)
“Nine times out of ten when I face a dilemma, I already know what to do. I know what to choose. I know what to apologize for. I know what to hand over to God because He knows how to run his own world. I know who to call. I know to get my nose in the Bible. I know who to forgive. I know what to stop doing. I know who to speak up for. I know its time to get over myself. I know how to act like Jesus.
It’s all right there in the training.” (@jenhatmaker)
Yes, my friends, it’s all right there in the training.