“No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” — 1 Corinthians 9:27
Do What You Should
When I was in high school, I played three sports: football, basketball and baseball. My body was young and I was consistently working out with my teammates. Now that I’m a little bit older, and not playing any sport competitively, working out has become a self-perpetuated part of my life. If I don’t do it, I don’t miss a game and my teammates don’t notice.
My body, on the other hand, tells another story. If I don’t work out regularly, my body suffers, my energy level suffers, and my weight suffers. I was talking to a friend the other day about how, so often, the thing we don’t want to do is what we need to do the most.
When I’m feeling depressed or down in the dumps, I may not want to go to church. When I’m tired because I’ve been lying around, watching television and eating chips all the time, I don’t want to go work out. When I have a problem with a friend, I don’t want to confront them. However, often, I begin to see that the thing I don’t feel like doing is often the thing I need to do the most.
How is God working out this reality in your life today?
— Shawn Congleton
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