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Be Ready, In Season and Out

  Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2 This morning I read that and thought, I’m not ready to preach. It’s been over two years since I last preached and I feel I’m “out of season.” I don’t preach on a regular basis (like I did before at the prison and the Barn) so I don’t take the time to prepare to speak. But after reading that verse I was convicted, not condemned…I just had that feeling like, hey you should spend some time getting ready to preach. Spend 1 hour for every 10 minutes When I would preach I would spend 1 hour preparing for every 10 minutes I would be speaking. So if I were scheduled for 30 minutes then I knew to invest 3 hours into preparing to speak. This not only prepared me to preach but it was also a great way for me to really learn about whatever it was I felt the Lord wanted me to speak on. It reminds me of working out. If I know I have a hockey game, a race or a mountain to climb then I have something to train for. I have a clearly defined goal (win, race time, or summit) and I know exactly what I need to do to train. But if I just say, “I want to get in shape” then I most likely will not be too serious about my training. Clearly defined or ambiguous? It’s the same when it comes to spiritual disciplines. I’m not saying this...