Could you count how many times have you heard the word “exercise” since the beginning of the year? Everybody wants to get busy exercising in January, but their drive starts to fizzle right around February 14th!
I am going to be honest here. I don’t like to exercise! I read a quote that said:
“If God wanted me to touch my toes, wouldn’t He have put them higher up on my body?” To that I say a big, “Amen!”
I see the fitness-minded folks zap by my house. They look real cute in their little jogging suits. They have a sports bottle in one hand, and an Ipod in the other. Sometimes they are even pushing a baby stroller with one knee! Now, that’s just showing off!!
Don’t get me wrong; I tried it once. I joined one of those health clubs. Didn’t lose a pound! Turns out, you have to show up!
Imagine how happy I was when The Lord told me at the beginning of this year that He wants to “stretch” me. That sounds a lot like exercise. You know how I feel about that!
The dictionary defines stretch as to extend with excess. In Strongs’ Concordance, stretched is: To prostrate, to bow down. Now that definition got my attention! That sounds like worship to me!
See, “excercise” isn’t just that frenzy that happens when guilty people try to get rid of all those Christmas cookies they ate. “Exercise” really means to live a certain way: to strive for one’s best. This is an exercise I must learn to practice daily!
There are lots of scriptures to teach us that God wants us to stretch, run, push, train, and grow in strength.
Psalms 19:5 (KJV) says: Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) says: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily beset us, And let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Physical exercise doesn’t excite me. Growing in my walk with the Lord does. I think people who do both are to be commended.
My husband and I moved to Ga. from N.C. a few months ago. One of the biggest decisions we had to make was where to attend church. The first time we went to a service at Gateway, we both knew we were home. I was asked why we chose Gateway as our church . We are sure there are a lot of great churches in this area. My answer is simple. I want to be challenged and stretched beyond where I am. I desire to grow.
It’s easy to get spiritually lazy. Seeing the heart and drive of the people at Gateway to serve in so many different needed areas of ministry has revived my desire to serve as unto The Lord!
Now this is an exercise plan that always gets the desired results. It’s time for me to get started.
Stretch one, two, three……….