2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
At long last! The new gym, You Fit, which my husband, Danny, and I join back in February, is finally open this week! Four weeks later than first projected, so it's been a while since I've had a decent work out.
Though I am looking forward to going, especially because Danny will be with me, there's also a part of me which dreads it. I'm feeling soft. Out of shape. Worried about stiff, sore muscles the day after.
But, I forge ahead anyway.
And, with Danny there to offer encouragement and support, I actually experience a longer, harder, more satisfying work out than I've had in months! His tenacity and drive inspire me. I find that I'm not looking at the clock and thinking: Have I been long enough on the treadmill? Can I skip those crunches today? Do my arms really need to lift any more weights?
No! I stick with it, enjoying the whole routine, particularly when Danny shows me how to use equipment I've never tried before. Like the Energizer Bunny, I keep going and going and going . . .
Whew! Fun! And, am I sore the next day? Not nearly as much as I feared. I'm raring to get back to the gym, all because I have a partner with whom I can share exercise. Who will encourage me. Hold me accountable.
Thank you, Danny, for making me go the extra mile!
Just as our bodies need exercise to stay healthy, so do our souls. The Christian walk is never without its snares, pitfalls and temptations. We can nourish and nurture our spiritual lives by faithfully reading scripture, praying, and participating in worship services and Bible studies.
But, that's just the first mile . . .
As Christians, St. Paul reminds us, we are called to encourage one another in the faith. To hold ourselves accountable to our brothers and sisters in Christ. To inspire and uplift each other.
To make going the extra mile a cause for rejoicing.
How are you keeping your spiritual life fit?
Will you pray with me?
Father, we all need encouragement to go that extra mile for Jesus every day. Help us to uplift our brothers and sisters in the faith. Let us seek out and find encouragement when we need it to keep our spirits strong in You. Amen.