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Topic: Hard and Soft (04/23/09)
TITLE: Workin' It Out
By jody madsen
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Getting up. Getting started. Getting out the door. Getting going. Getting into the workout room. These are all tough battles for me. It would appear that this “G” word is a real rascal. I have been working a lot lately on taking better care of my body. I have started to move it more and feed it less. I have tried to make just small changes, being hopeful that I will maintain progress not just for a certain period of time, but for my lifetime. And believe me, I am a hard case in a soft body. I am no novice at this. I have been down this road before. And unfortunately, that road has been somewhat circuitous. (Hope that is really a word.)
Well, my intention is that this training is the start of some discipline in my life. But I got to thinking tonight, that if I am willing to sacrifice my sedentary lifestyle for a more active one, in order to turn these mushy, soft muscles of mine into healthy, hard and efficient machines; and if I am willing to sacrifice puffy, soft, cream-filled pastries and melt in your mouth chocolate bars just to develop some hard, better looking muscles that will fit into better , more stylin’ clothes, then shouldn’t I be willing to, do the hard work needed to please my God in other areas of my life? For after all, the blessings of a rock hard body though much desirous they may be, are temporal and will necessarily give way to the ravages of time. But the blessings my God can, does and will bestow in my next life are eternal and unending.
This question brought up some clarifying questions to ponder and chew on. 1) Am I doing this for God’s glory or my own? What hard work am I doing to train my mind to think the thoughts of God rather than the thoughts of the world, so that my spiritual muscles do not remain in the land of soft and mushy?
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