My family does something we like to call “Webb Wake-Up Wisdom.” My son Timothy came up with the idea, and I look forward to participating every morning as each family member takes their turn sharing some “wisdom” each day for one week in a group text message. Here are some highlights:
Biblical Workout Plans
- “The Israelites wander in the desert 40 years. Like travel, good workouts require focus. For all their work, they didn’t accomplish anything.”
- “Exodus 13–14: God parts the Red Sea. God does all the work. Talk about counterproductive if u r trying to get in a swim…unless u r Egyptian.”
- “2 Samuel 15: Absalom gets 50 guys to run in front of his chariot. Just because it’s a good workout doesn’t excuse rebelling against God’s anointed.”
- “It’s simple: if it jiggles it’s fat. — Arnold Schwarzenegger Sorry, not super inspirational. I just thought it was funny.”
- “Do not reward yourself with food, you are not a dog — Unknown Instead, honor God with your choices!”
- “No, I’m not on steroids, but thanks for asking! — Unknown Work hard, you’ll get that question too. Honor God in your workout and in all you do today!”
Inspirational / Scriptural
- “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26”
- “We have been bought with a price, let’s steward ourselves well today!”
- “When you use your success to define who you are, you will always have a distorted perspective. Our identity is in Christ. Train hard, honor God.”
- “Let not him who girds on his armor boast like him who takes it off. 1 Kings 20:11. Remember, trash talking is not new; boast in the Lord.”
- “Every person has a desire to be loved and validated. Everyone wants to feel like they matter. Choose to show someone Jesus’ love today.”
One, in particular, recently caught my attention:
“We plan out and diligently follow a training program when we want to prepare our bodies for a race. Do we have a spiritual training plan?”
The point was well taken! What might be included in your “spiritual training plan?” Prayer, Scripture, fellowship with others, and sharing your faith might come to mind. All these things need to be included, but we need to think at the heart level. Our plan needs to be more than a “checklist” for a quiet time or stuff we “do.” What about listening, worshipping, and yielding our will to the Holy Spirit? What about our heart attitudes before God: being humble, teachable, attentive to the Holy Spirit, and being willing to submit and obey?
This type of spiritual training plan will take you to an elite level. Elite, not because of anything you have done, but because you are allowing God to work in and through you.
Gary Webb is the Adult Ministries Pastor. He and his wife, Beth, were transferred down to Columbus from Toledo in 1988 while he worked for UPS. Gary worked as an engineer for over 12 years for UPS and Children’s Hospital. During those years the Webbs became involved at Grace. He joined the pastoral staff in 2000. Gary studied engineering (University of Toledo) and theology (Grace Seminary). Gary enjoys coaching, running, biking, swimming and hiking. Gary and Beth have three adult children and three grandchildren.