Friday, September 21, 2012

Toning Spiritual Muscles

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." I Corinthians 6:19-20
I remember a time when I was dedicated to exercising after work in the comfort of my family room. My favorite work-out video was "Sweatin' to the Oldies." The music was upbeat, Richard Simmons was fun, and the people exercising with him were normal people of every size and shape.
I always rested afterward while reading on the screen how much weight each person on the video had lost. So inspiring! One night my youngest daughter, then a teen-ager, slipped into the room and sat on the sofa beside me. She looked at me and grinned. "Wow, Mom, look at you. Your jeans are falling off and you look great...but these people look the same. They haven't changed at all." Yeah, she was always good for a laugh...still is.
But as I think back, I'm reminded how true this is in our spiritual lives as well.
There was time when I just went through the motions. I believed in God, talked a good talk, but I didn't walk the walk. I even stopped attending church for a while. Just like I stopped exercising. My to-do lists were long. Life demaded my time. And I became just like the video...suspended in time...unchanging.
God is faithful, though. He pursued me until I ran back into His arms. I joined a Church. I volunteered when God called me. Suddenly the verses in the Bible began to speak to me. Prayer became a constant in my life, and God became my very best friend, the One I could talk to all day long. He reaffirms His love constantly and blesses me abundantly.
My spiritual muscles are being toned each and every day. I am changing on the inside, in my heart, in my soul.
Oh, and that favorite workout video? I pulled it out the other day. I'm exercising again and having fun "Sweatin' to the Oldies." The video hasn't changed, but I have. God is good!
Dear Father, Thank you for never giving up on us. Amen.


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