I strolled in to the gym today feeling like a little pork chop…or maybe I should say a big pork chop!
I was thinking of the best way to go about retrieving my entrance code…..There wasn’t any easy way around it. I just had to blurt out the truth.
‘ I haven’t been to the gym for a long time, I’ve forgotten my entrance code…..’
I was happy it was one of the girls I recognised. Did she recognise me though? (I mean remember me), if she did then maybe she would recall I was at the gym 6 months ago and maybe she wouldnt judge my wobbliness or notice my gym top rolling up. It was too big when I bought it….. Truthfully!
Yeah, hands up! I’m guilty . I’m one of those gym ‘faithfuls’……Faithful as in- Always having a membership running- come rain , shine, year after year, going or not going!
I had a refreshing time there today and came out feeling wonderful, strong and able to conquer the world. I just could not understand why I had delayed getting back for so long .I had an operation some months ago and so that had been my excuse for some time, after that it was the fact that I didn’t want to mess up my braids, and oh yeah! of course! Recently it’s just been too cold, you know, like too cold to even drive there……
Excuses, excuses, excuses.
As the excuses piled up so did the pounds pile on… but worse of all I started getting aches and pains in various parts of me from the lack of exercise.
As I stood drying my hair I started relating it all to spiritual matters.
Many times we stop exercising ourselves spiritually . We give excuses upon excuses as to why we are not at our spiritual best ,why we are not doing what we are supposed to be doing as Christians, why we are going to start again tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow or next week….. until the weight of life starts piling on and we start suffering from the aches and pains of a spiritually under exercised life as well as the effects of spiritual ‘heaviness’.
1 Timothy 4:8King James Version (KJV) says
‘For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.’
Our consistency in our walk with God is what keeps us on top of things. As we keep working out, we get stronger and stronger building up our spiritual ‘muscles’ and training them to lift even heavier things as opposed to lying around and letting the weight of circumstances get us down .
When we exercise our muscles there is sometimes pain in training. This pain however benefits us because it is a sign that we are increasing our overall strength, stamina, resistance and ability. Relate this with spiritual exercise.
Everything is available to us and already paid for, why are we not making use of it ?
I left the gym with a sprint in my step. No more excuses. I’m tired of the aches and pains.
I’m going to make every effort to keep working out.
‘ Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.’
Philippians 2:12 (KJV)