Thursday, April 22, 2010

Physical and Spiritual Shape

I decided today to go running for the first time in a very long time, in addition to going to the gym to work out. Before I attempted my run, in my mind I could run as far and as fast as I had before, but I soon realized I was wrong. I made it through maybe half my run before I found myself wanting to quit and give up...I did eventually walk for part of it, but I had to push through. I realized that I am no where near the shape I should be in, but it also hit me that spiritually people get the same way as they do physically.

To be out of shape physically and spiritually have a lot more in common than people think. Physically I am out of shape because I have gotten older, busier, and find it easier to eat things that are not good for me. I also lack the desire to take the time to make exercise essential in my daily life. On the outside I still look fairly in shape to most, I still weigh the same, but physically I am in much worse shape. Spiritually I find myself out of shape because I have gotten busier, and find it easier not to always spend time in God's Word. Just as with physical exercise I find myself lacking the desire to make time with God a priority in my life, to the point of going without a meal to have that time in His presence. As I go through weeks like this in my life I believe on the outside I still look spiritually in shape, I still believe the same, but spiritually many times I am dry and find the lack of desire to have that fellowship with God.

I wrote all of that to say that I have found myself physically and spiritually out of shape in some regards. I realize that I have a lot of work to do, but plan to push through and endure in both respects. What I wonder though, is how many other people in the church today find themselves in this same situation, but either never recognize it or have no one to help them "shape" up...

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