1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
I'll be the first to admit it. I'm not an exercise junkie. But, I go to the gym at least four times a week. Weight machines for ten minutes. Cardio, either treadmill or elliptical, for thirty.
Many mornings, I'd much rather lounge at home. Sipping coffee, reading e-mails and the news, or making the blog rounds. But, I force myself to break away from my comfort zone, don the work-out clothes, and head out.
What's my motivation? There are several reasons why I routinely exercise. Naturally, the first is, I want to stay fit. The second, I always have more energy and can think better on the days I work out. And, third, I do it because it helps combat my osteoporosis. That last reason alone should be reason enough, don't you think?
All in all, I'm staying in shape and, I hope, running in such a way as to get the prize - a healthier, happier me!
While maintaining physical health is important for all of us, so is the nurturing of our spiritual health. And, I dare say, there are as many ways to keep our souls fit as there are exercise machines at LA Fitness!
These are some of the things I do to grow in the Spirit -
- Read the Bible.
- Meditate on God's Word.
- Pray for my needs and those of others.
- Listen to Christian contemporary music (mostly, when I'm at the gym).
- Attend a weekly Bible study.
- Participate in worship every Sunday.
- Read the devotional blogs of others (there is a wealth of inspiration out there!).
- Write Meditations of my Heart.
What about you? How are you feeding your hungry soul? Keeping fit for the Lord?
Will you share some of your spiritual practices in the comment section?
Please pray with me:
May we run this race of life, Father, ever focused on the prize of salvation and forgiveness offered by Your Son, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Keep us sound in body, mind, and spirit. At all times and in all places, may we love and serve You. Amen.