Tuesday, October 30, 2012

...but I have a gym membership...

The past few months have been rough on me - 
last year for Christmas I asked my hubby for a membership to the local Y.

Of course, poor guy.  
He wasn't sure if he should get this for me or not -
cause' you know if I'm having an "emotional" week - 
I could turn it around and accuse him of saying I'm fat!
Ohhh poor guy!

Does he get me what I asked 
does he follow his mom's counsel many years ago - 
"Never buy your wife a gift that is related to her weight -
or an appliance."

After encouragement and him taking the risk -
he got me a membership! 

I have loved my time at the gym! 
and the little kids like the childcare,
and the big kids like to come work out with me.

since I had my spinal surgery -
I haven't been able to get to the gym. 

My Dr. recently gave me the go ahead to get back...
I can do the elliptical. 
I love the elliptical! 

But, I am kinda nervous! 
It's been almost 3 months!
I know I am out of shape. 

But, I need to suck it up and get back to the grind!
I need to sweat and burn these calories.
I need to work my heart -
so that it is healthy and strong.
I have a lot of youngens that I need to stick around for!

The same goes for my walk with Christ!
Having a Bible on nightstand is not enough.
Attending church on Sunday morning is not enough.
Going to Bible study once a week is not enough.
Hanging out with church friends is not enough.

Sitting down,
being silent, 
reading God's word,
being honest and sharing my deepest thoughts with him -
is what I need to be doing.
(shoot - he knows them already anyway -
no reason to sugar coat it.)

But as I sit and am still,
am I also asking HIM what does HE want of me.
How does HE plan to use me.
Do I die to myself daily?
am I willing to sacrifice all for HIM?

Even though I have a membership for the gym -
the membership does not get me in shape.
(Ohhh how great that would be!)
Rather, I need to go, 
I need to get on the elliptical,
I need to push myself harder and harder.

As a follower of Christ -
I need to get my spiritual life into shape.
I need to ask and listen,
I need to be still and allow Him to work in me. 
And when HE calls,
I need to jump! 

Matthew 6:19-21
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where moth and vermin do not destroy, 
and where thieves do not break in and steal.
 For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also. 


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