I Timothy 4:8 says, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise both the present life and the life to come.”
Three years ago, my father purchased the Ab Circle Pro for mom for Christmas. I told him on Christmas Eve to bail out, bad idea, you’ll regret it, go get flowers and a card. He told me it was to both of them from Santa. I raised my voice a bit, stomped one-foot to grab his attention and told him absolutely not!!!!! He walked away and said “the decisions made son, and we are both getting in shape by the end of January.” Let’s just say I was right and it wasn't the best Christmas for my mom. Today’s culture is filled quick fixes that “guarantee” results in a high paced entitled culture and. Teaching your students to train takes time, traditions, and tenacity.
First and foremost, you must be committed to the time it takes to spend time with the Father yourself. They are watching what you do and if they catch you praying, reading your bible, memorizing scripture, or any other act that flex’s your spiritual muscles, they will remember it clearly. Mount Arbel is located on the West side of the Sea of Galilee. When Jesus would get away to spend time with the Father (Luke 6:12, Matthew 14:23) he most likely spent time on the top of this mountain. This is about an hour hike from the base. Jesus did not just get up five minutes early and read his bible for five minutes instead of go on his phone. He planned and prepared to spend time with the Father. What are you doing to plan and prepare to have your family spend time with the Father?
Secondly, teaching your students to train takes tradition. Habits can be formed in as little as six weeks and traditions can be formed soon after. You know the bad habits you have and you probably have a desire to get rid of some of them. I challenge you to not to solely use your energy on getting rid of bad habits but pursue new habits. Do you have a Mount Arbel that you go to that no one knows about to spend time with the Father? Do you have time set aside to work out your spiritual disciplines?
Lastly, teaching your students to train takes tenacity. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Run with perseverance. You will fail, your student will fail, by the grace of God, get up and keep going. You are not doing this in your inner strength; you can’t do it on your own strength; you are depending on God on a day to day basis to teach your students how to train their spiritual being. You can do it! Oh wait, no you can’t, God can do it in you!