Why is it that even though I know how important exercise is and how much I need it and how good it makes me feel when I actually get out there and DO it, I’m constantly in a battle to make it a regular part of my life?
I wish I could share with you today all about how I’ve created regular space in my days to add in the “Move” aspect of the HelloMornings theme: “God, Plan, Move.”
Don’t get me wrong, I really do enjoy exercising! When I’ve managed to keep consistent with it for a few weeks at a time, I understand and feel all the beneficial effects. But I struggle with the discipline of it.
The apostle Paul understood this struggle:
I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
I have discovered this principle of life–that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.
I love God’s law with all my heart.
But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am!
Romans 7:19-24a (NLT)
Discipline, in any area of our lives, is a spiritual issue.
And spiritual issues need to be handled with spiritual tools: Scripture, prayer, accountability. I’m pretty sure this is not news to anyone, maybe just a reminder for those who, like me, struggle with the discipline aspect of exercising.
Just knowing in our head that keeping healthy and fit is important, or even experientially understanding the benefits of exercise, may not be enough to keep us motivated to stay consistent. Sometimes it simply comes down to fighting the spiritual battle of discipline in our heart.
The great thing about all this? We don’t have to do it on our own!
Paul confidently states in the last part of the passage in Romans 7:
Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Have you ever considered exercise to be a spiritual battle? What are some practical methods that you’ve used for fighting that battle?I am the wife of an Army Chaplain
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