Happy Monday. “Exercise thyself rather unto godliness.” 1 Timothy 4:7
As I returned from my walk today in the mall because of the heat, my mind went to five years ago.
After being diagnosed with stage one breast cancer, several procedures done and then a lumpectomy, my doctor told me I would need six weeks of radiation.
He informed me of possible side effects, the most frequent one being fatigue.
Boy, was he right!
He had said the best thing to counteract lack of energy was to take daily walks.
I argued (under my breath), “why would I want to expend energy when I had none?” But of course, he was right. My walked energized me.
I thought about the times I have been spiritually lethargic or just indifferent. (Yes, I’m just like you.)
Is the time in the Bible a so-called “duty” or do I really meet with the God of the universe and hear Him speak?
It isn’t the number of verses or length of time, but a matter of feeling His presence and my heart being touched.
Is my prayer life stagnant, lazy, praying in generalities instead of naming specific needs I’m aware of and by faith believing I’ve been heard?
When these things are in their proper place in my life, I am ready to walk away from my “comfort zone” to a world of hurting people who need encouragement.
It has been said, “The greatest exercise for the heart is to reach down and lift someone up.”
Most doctors today emphasize the need for exercise and nearly all conclude that walking briskly is an excellent way of keeping fit.
If we are to “finish strong” in our race of life, we will have to stay fit. Only as we schedule the time for “spiritual” exercise will we complete our course.
About walking, I used to love Dr. Wendell Evans saying,
“Your walk talks
And your talk talks
But your walk talks louder
Than your talk talks.”