Last night I went to my first exercise class since having babies. Sore muscles in the morning has never felt so fulfilling.
Not just living for a long time, but living in abundant life and being useful for the Kingdom of God.
That said, last night didn’t feel overly spiritual. Not many “disciplines” feel life changing in the moment.
Author and speaker Kathi Lipp said something I really appreciated about taking care of our bodies. I am going to paraphrase her words.
I’m not doing this to change my life. I’m doing this so I can keep showing up for the life I already have.
Many of us think that if we change outward pieces of our life, we will “change our life”. The truth is the only one who can bring lasting change to our lives is Jesus.
He has started this work in my life, and I am extremely excited to keep living with him. I don’t need to change my life, I just need to strengthen myself to keep allowing him to change me throughout this wonderful life.
In the midst of the wonderful part of life, there is also the part that is really hard. I have asked God a lot why it has to be so tough. Why nothing comes easy, and why success in any area takes so much work.
The pain that our physical bodies go through to achieve refinement is the same as our spiritual selves. Nothing comes easy in our bodies. It takes sweat, injuries and maybe some bloodshed. It looks like messy hair, flushed cheeks and struggling for breath.
It takes humility to say we are going to work on our bodies and become vulnerable in this way before other people.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
It takes humility to say we are going run this life with character, integrity and endurance. It may look like failures, set backs, heart ache and growing pains.
But at the end of the day, all that matters is that you didn’t give up.
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.