Thursday, March 25, 2010

Faith Exercise

Because I’m a writer I spend a lot of my time sitting in front of the computer. I don’t lead a physically active lifestyle so I’m very conscious of the need to take the time out to exercise. I’m not a great fan of jumping up and down, stressing my knees, or getting all hot and sweaty, but I know ultimately it’s good for me. When I just get on with it and do it I always feel so much better. The blood rushes through my body, my muscles stretch, and the cobwebs in my brain get washed away. I feel more alive. I feel more awake.

The same thing happens when we exercise our faith. Sometimes we may not always want to spend any quiet time with God. We claim we are too busy and don’t have the time to read the scriptures. We rush prayer rather than quietly sitting at God’s feet. But we must make the time. When we exercise our faith muscle, we feel more alive and more awake. The more time we spend with God, the more we learn about Him, the stronger our relationship with Him grows.

So, exercise your faith muscle today and don’t let “daily life” get in the way of life with God.


Rose said...

It's wonderful when we push past the idea of not doing the right thing and all of a sudden we feel wonderful and we then wonder why we resisted all along. Amen to stretching our faith muscle.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this one Lynda!
As I read this, I was thinking in terms of relationship. How often we take for granted the love of our spouses and how we may not always take advantage of time that we could be spending with them. And how often we allow 'life' to get in the way.
That made me think that like our relationship with our spouse, because God's love is so sure and faithful and committed to us, we often take it for granted. We tend to give God the left-overs after our daily lives have been given everything else. :(
But one of the best ways we can make sure that our relationship with Him stays fresh and exciting and real - is to make sure we spend time with Him and read His Words to us and listen more than just sharing our 'honey-do' list with Him. And as you pointed out, it's to our benefit, when we do that, our faith muscles just automatically stretch and grow stronger!!
Thank you for this one. I needed it.

Terra said...

This is good advice, for us to stretch our faith muscles and our bodies. I exercise 5 times a week, 2 times in a warm water pool and 3 days I walk along the bay.
I am a writer too and realize we need to get up and move.

Lynda Young said...

Rose, I'm always doing that. I resist and I resist and then I give in and think, why did I resist? This is so much better!

Deb, yes it's so true. We often take for granted the love of our spouses and we give God the left-overs. It just shows so much more how great God is for loving us anyway.

Terra, thanks for popping by. Your exercise routine sounds really great - especially the walk along the bay.

Just Be Real/God Whispers In The Wind said...

Great post. Thank you for sharing and for your recent visit on my blog. Blessings to you.

Lorena G. Sims said...

Thanks for sharing, that's really nice. I really need that reminder. I need to slow down and spend some time with God.