A wise man once told me that “everything in life needs to be trained.” As I’ve matured, it has become evident that his words were cloaked in wisdom. Just like children, adults need to be trained as well. That’s right, men and women should be trained. Now before you jump on my back, let me explain.
For some reason, the word “trained” has been unjustly branded with a negative connotation. But to be trained simply means to be disciplined. It’s no secret that temptation is strongest in the areas of our lives that we have not trained. In those moments, we have a proclivity to satisfy our physical desires even when it proves detrimental. For example, poor food choices are shortening life spans because taste, at least in temporary moments, is more gratifying than thoughts of good health. For others, succumbing to pressures of an over-sexed society has derailed them from the straight and narrow path they once traveled.
The good news is we have the ability to get back on track. When our eyes are exposed to images that are wholesome and righteous, the lust of the flesh is not as much of a stronghold. Sinful pleasures that are boasted about by others are not as attractive once we experience the blessings that come from remaining in the will of God.
But how do we train our wills? I’m glad you asked. First, we must be mindful of our confessions. Let’s rid ourselves from statements like, I’m only human” or “nobody’s perfect” that have a tendency to detract efforts of discipline. Next, we should make a conscious decision to unplug for a while. That’s right. Take a little break from the television and social media so that your mind may be freed from the latest gossip and news reports. Don’t worry you can do it. Also, try to listen to music that offers an uplifting message, and if you can’t find any, enjoy the sweet sound of peace and quiet.
Sometimes the voice of God is best recognized once the noise stops. During this period of training, you will discover that a determined spirit can put the flesh in check anytime it wants. You’ll also recognize that the world is full of activities that are designed to get you and I off course. It is God’s desire that we all present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to Him which is our reasonable service. Therefore, we must develop the proper training regimen, which will help us create good, disciplined habits.