What do I mean by that? Well, just that. Exercise. Here we are at the start of a new year. Like many others, I have made the New Year's resolution to lose weight. I need to shed some pounds. But, I have also reached an age where I can't lose weight that easily any more. I have to make changes to my diet and, more importantly, get more exercise to get my heart rate up, increase my muscle mass, and improve my overall physical condition.
To this end, I am cutting excess calories out of my diet, trying to eat more healthy foods and do some physical activity nearly every day. Each day at lunch, I try to walk for at least 20 minutes. I have also joined a countywide effort here called York County Shrinkdown, where I have to weigh in each week. So, I have made changes to my lifestyle and have added a modicum of accountability by weighing in. But, you're wondering, what does this have to do with my soul. It's simple.
Just like I need to exercise my body, I need to exercise my soul - or more specifically, my relationship with God. During the Holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year), my quiet times and study, sadly, suffered. I have noticed this, just like the extra pounds I put on in the last half of 2006. Beginning the year, I am out of shape physically and spiritually, both of which will require work. This is where I see my challenge:
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.As a Christian, how can I run the race if I am out of shape. So, for the new year, I guess you could say my Resolution is to improve my condition both physically and spiritually.1 Corinthians 9:24
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