Monday, February 25

Trying vs. Training

I think I stole this thought from Pastor Mike, but I'm not sure because the t.v. in the church nursery wasn't working on Saturday night and so I only caught a wee bit with wiggly children while standing in the back of the church.
I also listen to sermons online to make up for missing weekend sermons so I'm not quite sure where the quote came from.
But the phrase trying vs. training stuck with me, wherever it came from, and I've been thinking about it this week.
What view do you take?
When faced with something new or difficult do you take the view that you'll try it? Or do you take the view that you'll train for it and accomplish it?

I thought it was a great thought and I've been applying it to my life at home as a homemaker and as a Mama. I've been asking myself if I view my work with our children as "trying to teach them" or as "training them to do the right things". There is an obvious difference.
Trying leaves the results open ended and with an easy clause of "oh, I tried".
Training implies actual consistent effort and improved results over time.
Am I trying to make the littlest one use the potty? Am I training her?
Are we trying to learn how to read around here or are we training him how to read?
Am I trying to be more organized and disciplined or am I training myself to be more organized?
What situation in your life can you apply this "trying vs. training" to?
With my neighbors - am I trying to show them the love of God or am I training myself to do so by making actual efforts and doing strategic things to reach out to them?
I think that once we view things as training instead of just trying, we tend not to have a hopeless mindset when they take time or more effort than we expected.
Anyway, its been something good to mull over while cooking and cleaning and doing endless laundry in between teaching division and reading Ivanhoe with the wee ones.
The sun was out yesterday and we all had squinty eyes after our long dark winter. The brightness was spoiling us.

Have a sweet day!


Leigh Ann said...

Thanks for all the good things to think about.

Some of your posts make me wonder if you have ever read the book "The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and 'Women's Work'". It is a good one to remind of the sacred of the everyday.

Anna said...

Thank you. I needed this today. Now I'm going to start training myself to get off the computer. :)

Me said...

Leigh Ann, I haven't read that book. I'll look for it, thanks!
Anna, thanks for stopping by! Computer time works best for me if I tell myself I have to get my list of things done before turning it on! It's addicting, I know.

~ Shannon said...

I have many interests, so I need to work on training vs. trying. I had never considered the difference between the two before. What a timely post!

Lovely pictures of your children, by the way. I love the way the black-and-white makes you really look at the picture.

Yours in Christ,

Borbe Bunch said...

HI, my name is Liz and I am new to your blog...I found it through Joy, she gave a link to a sermon, one which I enjoyed greatly and God used to encourage me...
I wanted to say HI and that I will be back again to learn from what God is teaching you...I am also a Mama to four precious gifts and another due in July...we are blessed, home teaching and training our little "soliders" for Christ...

Anonymous said...

This makes me think that I need to change my thoughts on an issue I am having with my kids. I am not giving them the tools to change their behaviour, I am just asking them repeatedly to do it. I need to help them be more purposeful.


Me said...

Shannon, thanks for stopping by and for the kind comments on the kiddos!
Liz, so glad to have you comment! Sounds like our family stats are very similar! I have eight weeks left with this pregnancy and have been blessed that it has been a fairly easy one.
Randi, so glad to have you stop by!
Hope you'all have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the TV not working. I'm trying.... lol

Lynn Hasty said...

Nice thoughts, Hannah. I love the pictures -- as always.

There are some areas where I need to be training instead of just trying.


Kelly @ The Barefoot Mama said...

What a fantastic post, Hannah. You've definitely shared such a timely thought, and I can already tell that it's going to be sticking with me through the rest of the week. :O)

Wednesday blessings to ya!

Me said...

Kelly and Lynn, I'm glad that comment struck a chord with you also.
Sam, I knew I would be out of luck when you were in Oh Canada Land...

Unknown said...

Hi Hannah,

I wish I could take credit for the "training vs trying" thing...but actually it was John Ortberg in "the Life you've always wanted". It was one of the concepts that helped me in my understanding of spiritual maturity.

Melissa and are praying for you!

lindsay edmonds said...

Thanks Hannah for the thoughtful post! I love your beautiful array of photos throughout your posts. Keep up the wonderful work!