train instead of try

I get exhausted by “TRYING” to make things happen in my life!

TRYING to stay in shape and eating healthy, TRYING to stay positive when my mind fights the negative, TRYING to have a better relationship with my husband and kids, TRYING to achieve and reach a level of success. TRY, TRY, TRY!!

For most of us, it was ingrained in us as children to “try harder” when circumstances don’t go our way.  I don’t know if you have had similar thoughts, but sometimes the more I seem to try the more I feel like I fail.  Can you relate?

I have had the great privilege of attending a discipleship group these past 10 months.  Honestly it has changed my life.  The material we cover is extremely rich and relevant.   During one of the readings, my eyes were open to a new concept I had never contemplated.


Wow!! Those words shouted through the pages like the scream of a mother reprimanding her children.

When I think of the word train, I immediately visualize an athlete in training.  My kids come to mind as all three of them are athletes.  My oldest daughter has been playing on a club soccer team since she was eight. Soccer is her passion.  She trains endlessly to be the best she can be at the game.

Her training came to a pivotal moment.  Her team tied and it was time for the penalty kick to determine the tie.  Five girls are chosen to kick the ball about 10 yards from the goalie.  My daughter was the last girl up and it was her kick that would determine the win.

No pressure right?

She paused for a moment… focused on what she needed to do, said a quick prayer, prepared her stance, and kicked the black and white ball fiercely in the net.  She kicked the winning goal and mama’s lungs exploded all over the field.

It was her countless hours of training, both mentally and physically, that led her to the prize!  She didn’t go out on the field on a whim and try to win, SHE HAS BEEN TRAINING FOR THE WIN.  Just like a runner who doesn’t try to run a marathon without countless hours of training.


Paul gives us great encouragement to TRAIN INSTEAD OF TRY.

“Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into STRICT TRAINING.  They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that last forever. “. 1 Corinthians 9:23-24 (NIV)

Life is not about winning the prize for the moment.  No, Paul is trying to discipline our minds so that we run our race of life with continual effort, growth and an eternal perspective.

There is an enormous difference between trying and training.  When we get caught in the rut of always trying, we can be susceptible to moving from one thing to the next without landing anywhere.  But when we train, we do not give up!  We incorporate the disciplines of practice, repetition, routine, focus, and self-control to lead us where we want to go.  Winning our race of life includes replacing bad habits with good habits.


Where do you need TRAINING right now so you are not exhausted by the TRYING?

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