1 Thessalonians 3 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional

“In fact, when we were with you, we told you previously that we were going to suffer persecution, and as you know, it happened. For this reason, when I could no longer stand it, I also sent to find out about your faith, fearing that the Tempter had tempted you and that our labor might be for nothing.” 1 Thessalonians 3: 4-5

Ralph had no reason to be running college cross-country. I argued with him all the way to the signup table. Still, he signed his name on the “walk on” list and turned away.

In high school, Ralph and I had been track & field competitors. I had obtained a scholarship, while all the colleges passed him up. Even though he hadn’t worked out in over a year, he had observed my previous track season with envy. Bottom line, he thought he could beat me, and earn a place on the team.

I actually wanted Ralph to succeed. I thought he had more raw talent than me, but he lacked the drive to win. Like I said, I tried to talk him out of it. I told him that running at the college level was harder than it looked.

The day arrived for our first practice. The coach blew a whistle, and off we went. The first week’s practices are always the most difficult. They’re designed to weed out the weaker runners. Five miles later, I returned to the starting point with the front pack. Then I stood by Coach, till everyone crossed the line…no Ralph. The guys said he had fallen back and was “examining his lunch”, yawning in technicolor somewhere on the trail. He never came back.

I have met a lot of young people who could have been successful in ministry, but nobody told them it would be so hard. Others were told, but wouldn’t listen. Maybe you’re getting tired of hearing me say it, but living for the L_rd can be tough. If you expect to succeed on raw talent, you’re fooling yourself. G_d has designed us to run on a combination of His Ruach (Spirit), Talent, and Discipline.

More than just warning you, I have determined to train along side you. Hopefully, you find these daily Bible emails more inspirational than “desperational”. (my word) I pray you will endure the discipline, to obtain the prize!

~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Shuvah Yisrael
Daily Devotional, Monday, October 21, 2013