II Samuel 11:1,3 - In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem. David is known as the greatest of all the kings of Israel.

The Scriptures tell us that “he was a man after God’s own heart”. Clearly David was a man many parents wanted their sons to emulate. His priority was to be the man God wanted him to be. However, there came a time - in the spring - when the king’s priorities shifted. David allowed his attention to be turned away from God’s heart and toward his own desires.

The results were disastrous, and the consequences never left him or his household. As we are in the middle of spring, let us take a minute and look at our lives and consider where our priorities are right now. What are the things that draw our attention? What are our desires? Have we shifted our priorities toward something less than God’s desire for us? Have we chosen to let others do the work while we stay back?

As Christians, we should be reminded that we must always keep God’s heart as our priority. Everything we do should reflect the love of God that flows from His heart to us. We need to do the work He has called us to. As martial artists, we must take a moment to consider whether we have allowed our priorities to shift to other activities and away from the calling to remain disciplined and diligent in our pursuit of excellence in the art of Taekwondo.

Do not allow your priorities to shift so you become slack in your practice at home and your presence in class. Your choosing to remain faithful to class can have a big impact on others and maybe encourage someone else to remain faithful as well. Your attendance in class matters. Remember your goal should be ”to be the best martial artist you can be”. That takes work and keeping it as a top priority, while doing everything to the glory of God the Father.