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Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)
TITLE: The Good Wife
By Jacquelyn Horne
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I look back on those childhood sport events and recall the good times, but never engage in a desire to replay them. Aching muscles, tired feet and a sweaty body don’t appeal to me today. I’ve progressed too far from that time and place. I can’t go back now.
I tell myself that staying active as we grow older is important, and I wish I would listen to me. But, no matter how many times I say, “I’ve got to do some exercising,” my body rejects the idea. It just doesn’t want to participate. My spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak.
My husband walks for his heart. He enjoys the brisk fresh air and his trek through the neighborhood, and he comes back home exhilarated and refreshed. I always envy his devotion to the task. I also envy the difference in our body flab.
But, I’m not all bad. Being the good wife that I am, I stay at home and rest for him while he’s trudging. It’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it.
In the Lord, however, I’m not such a procrastinator. I try my best to stay “active” in prayer, Bible reading and “Good Samaritan” activities. To me, growing inactive in God is worse than growing flabby in the flesh. Our spiritual health depends on it.
It takes more than verbalizing to live for God. Talking about living for God is like talking about exercising – it eases your conscience but it doesn’t accomplish anything. I’ve always heard that “you can’t take good intentions to the bank”. How true.
One of the greatest assets for exercising is consistency. Daily grinding away at whatever routine you adopt (even though it might be small) is better than large, strenuous regimens that are spasmodic.
Living for God is the same. God wants consistency. Faithfulness. Everyday living, not spurts of spiritual energy. God’s Word says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8 (KJV)
Although an active life is good for the natural man, the necessity of building an active spiritual man far outweighs its importance.
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