Friday, October 29, 2010

No Quick Fix

You should have seen the biceps on this girl! I was attending a party for the neighborhood kids to meet each other, and one of the moms had amazing arms. It was obvious that she was a fan of the gym. "Nice guns!" I said, using the euphemism for defined biceps, to strike up a conversation with her.

I was probably a little envious of her physique, and even felt a little inferior comparatively. But the truth is she didn't have a magic potion or secret weapon. She went to the gym 5 days a week. She did cardio and lifted weights. She put in the time, and saw the results.

Do you ever feel a little envious of some one's relationship with God? Do you ever feel inferior? The truth is, they don't have a secret weapon either! They are putting in the time, and seeing the results. They are studying God's Word and spending time in prayer.

There is no quick fix in physical fitness, or in spiritual fitness. We have to put in the work. My new friend shared that she loves going to the gym now. "Once you get into the routine," she shared, "you feel bad if you miss a day." Spiritual fitness is the same way. Once you get into the routine, you won't want to miss a day.

Why not start building some spiritual muscle today!

"She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm."
Proverbs 31:17, Amplified Bible

Chatty Kelly


Melanie said...

Hard won results!

CPT said...

I like it. Hits home when I slack off on my pray time. It can take time to get back into shape too.

Sue J. said...

It's so easy for our minds to spin up a story about why someone seems so much "more spiritual" than we do. And that can either lead to a guilt trip or envy or bitterness....or, to the realization that, indeed, we can step up to the plate and do what that person is doing.

Like this post a lot! Nice tight writing....