Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Importance of Being Fit

"Pilates Training" Courtesy of Marin/freedigitalphotos.net
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. 
Psalm 119:18 ESV

I could begin with a laundry list of the current fad diets.  I could begin with a diatribe of fitness regimens certain to contour and shape your body in under ninety days.  Or, I could just begin with a simple thought that I had the other day when some friends and I were discussing our difficulties with carving out time to dig into God's Word.
What's our damage?  (A.K.A. What's our problem.)
I manage to carve out time nearly EVERY day to do my workout.  Some days it's twenty minutes, and others it's forty.  I manage to do my volunteer work for the International WAGR Syndrome Association.  I even manage to carve out twenty-five minutes a night to watch How I Met Your Mother with my husband.  (I had never watched the show when it was on television, but now that it's on Netflix, I can watch it on MY time.)
So, why WOULDN'T I be able to carve out time for God?
Wait, let me re-phrase that...

Why DON'T I?

There's always something important to do:  PTA/PTO, Scouting events, sports, jobs, second jobs, third jobs, church jobs, non-profit jobs, parenting obligations...do I need to continue?
But, which one of those events CREATED us?  Which one of those obligations SAVED us?  Which of those tasks REDEEMED us?
Not a one.
  
I realized the other day, that if I can stick to my workout routine because I need that serotonin rush, and if I can stick to my volunteer jobs because they are important to my friends and family here on earth, then I HAVE to stick to a daily devotional.
  
For what will it profit them to gain the whole world 
and forfeit their life?Mark 8:36 NRSV

We aren't going to get any second chances to live this life over.  When we die to our earthly bodies and we have our earthly life to answer for it won't matter if we got our kids to the game on time, or if we sat on a board of directors, or if we were even a Sunday School teacher.  God doesn't care if I got my blog post published on time.
God cares about the condition of our heart.  And if we aren't allowing Him time to communicate with us every day through our prayer time and devotional time, then we aren't giving Him any of our time.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, 
that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures 
we might have hope. Romans 15:4 ESV

If we aren't going to the daily Bread for our nourishment, then who cares if we are eating vegan, organic, or doing a 7-day cleanse?

But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, 
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’" Matthew 4:4 NRSV

So, what is the importance of being fit?   The importance is in the three letters that make up the word:  F  I  T.  Forever in training.  When we are in training we are studying, learning, memorizing, testing, questioning, discussing, ruminating...we are focused on the thing about which we are training.  Every day. 
If you can eliminate dairy, you can do a Bible study.  If you can eat organic and vegan, you can do a daily devotional.  If you can lose 100 lbs through exercise and diet change, then you certainly can pray each day to God.
Don't let yourself be fooled about what your can and can't find time for.  

Pray:  Heavenly Father, I know that I need to be in your Word and be spending time in prayer with you everyday.  I have NO excuse for neglecting you when you are always there for me. Open my eyes to how I spend my time, and tell me when I start to stray.  Lord, I NEED YOU!  And I KNOW that nothing should take priority over my time with you.  Please, forgive me; today I start anew.  


Note to the reader:  I personally use She Reads Truth to remind me daily to read God's word.  It's an app on my phone and it sends me a reminder if I haven't read scripture yet by 10:00 AM.  Another great app is GoTandem, which I only heard about recently, but sounds wonderfully helpful!

Of course, you can also read the Comfort In The Midst of Chaos devotionals no matter where you are through our FREE Snappin' App, available at both the Google Play Store and the iTunes Store.

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