Monday, January 24, 2011

Stop the flab...

It all began on my 30th birthday.  I remember standing in my driveway waving goodbye to friends.  I stopped waving, but my arm kept moving!  What was that?  I felt flab out of control.  It was all downhill from there.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be in shape.  I bought exercise videos, jogging strollers, and even a trailer for the twins that would attach to my bike.  I would get really motivated by what I saw others doing or results I saw advertised on TV.  For a few days I would jog, workout with a video, or ride my bike.  But, it usually only lasted a few days, then I would fall back into my normal routine.  Years clicked by and other areas began to “wave”.  I didn’t like the wave, and desperately wanted it to go away!  I now own a drawer full of workout videos, an elliptical with all the bells and whistles, a garage full of workout weights and tools, a very nice bike…and still there is flab.

Life lesson:  You have to work!

Brian and I are 15 days into our 21 day fast.  I have learned so many life-changing, valuable lessons.  I have come to realize that the Christian life IS work!  For years I have said I want to be a “fit” Christian.  Just wanting a close, intimate relationship with the Father is not enough.  I bought books, downloaded sermons, and own many Bibles.  No matter how many tools I have to help me seek God, I still find myself lacking His presence and power.  Just like my workout videos and tools, if I don’t use them, then I don’t get in shape.  If I don’t read the Word, pray, and create a still space in my life for God to speak, I don’t get closer to Him.  I love to claim the promise found in Jeremiah 29:13, “If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.”  God promises we will find Him—IF we seek him in earnest.  The truth is, if I want to be in shape, I have to workout.  I must workout often and the workouts must be ongoing.  If I want to stay in shape, I have to work out for the rest of my life.  The same is true for my walk with Christ.  If I want to find the presence and power of God in my life, then I must earnestly seek Him daily, for the rest of my life.  That idea brings back to mind the verse that has been so significant during the last 15 days.  II Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”  I have been on the workout rollercoaster long enough to know, I will achieve physical fitness when I discipline myself to workout daily and ongoing.  The same applies to my spiritual fitness.  I must discipline myself to work to seek Him earnestly and ongoing, then I will find Him!  I am declaring war on the flab!  Day one down, the rest of my life to go! 

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