My father constantly told me that ‘a good soldier prepares for war in the time of peace’. Today, this makes so much sense to me.
It is baffling to see many Christians strive to prepare for the battle of life only when they find themselves in battle. Very little time is given to spiritual growth and skills development; they are plagued with the get-it-quick syndrome. Every day, Some Christians are praying to attain the zenith of their careers, but are not willing to spend the time required to develop the needed skills. Still others do not even read their bibles or pray until they are in a difficult situation – You see them quoting Psalms in a fire brigade manner.
So many times we go to God in prayer for things that we have not developed ourselves to handle. We are like a 5 year old boy crying to his father to buy him a Hummer jeep. Even if the father buys it for him, he would not let the boy drive it until age and maturity have set in.
Take a lesson from the Iroko trees. They do not spend time worrying about attaining a great height. They focus on sipping water and nutrients from the soil, and in no time, they grow tall for all to see. Many Christians are struggling to get to great heights, but little do they know that great heights will naturally accompany a good growth.
I love the words of Tanzanian Marathon runner – Juma Ikangaa (1957): “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare”.
Beloved, now is the time to study. Now is the time to pray. It is cheaper to do it now. It is easier to do it now.
You can make your life very productive if your productivity starts today.
Give today your best shot. Focus on growth.