"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58
It was hot today.
And, true confessions . . . I ate four chocolate chip cookies.
But, after eleven days, I can honestly say the daily run and exercise has become a habit, a routine, something I look forward to. I actually enjoy it, too, but not because running is fun or particularly enjoyable. No, it's because I know it's doing something good. It's changing me for the better, and hopefully it motivates others, too, just as I was motivated by people whose lives I saw changed. My body is slowly being conformed into the body of a runner--something extremely different for me.
I still had a bit of walking in the run today, so progress hasn't been as fast as I would like it to be. And, I've added to the crunches and leg lifts, doing a second set and hoping this extra effort will help build some endurance and strength.
The Christian life is like that, isn't it? The days don't always go as expected, and often we get bogged down in sinful behavior we think we should've mastered already. We fail to realize how much time with God is necessary in order to build faith, character, strength and endurance for the journey ahead. But, if we put forth the effort, our life, our spirit is changed. Something good happens. When we pursue Him like we pursue any worthwhile goal, conforming to His standard, His image--not the other way around--the transformation He does in us is amazing.
Proverbs 21:21 tells us, "Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor."
I leave you with the song, Runner, by Twila Paris. I hope it encourages you as it has me.
May you have the best Tuesday evening you've ever had in your life.