When I got home from my 6:30 am workout at Curves, I got to thinking about my 2009 New Year’s resolution to get physically fit this year. After all, this is the last day of November. Before we know it, 2009 will be a thing of the past.
I started off great, thanks to the Wii Fit and my stationary recumbent cycle. I worked out five mornings a week. I dropped several pounds and was feeling stronger and less easily winded. Then I injured my right elbow. The pain was bad. It took regular massages and regular chiropractic visits and several months for the pain to fully subside. I couldn’t do any exercises that used my arm. Even riding the cycle while gripping the handles that measure heart rate was painful. You guessed it. I slacked off. I got softer. The weight came back, plus some thanks to a change in medication.
This fall, I finally returned to using the Wii Fit and my cycle on a more regular basis, but I soon realized I needed to add weight training to the mix. And so I hauled myself off to Curves. I fell in love with the 30 minute circuit training method when my oldest daughter owned a Slender Lady studio. I’ve completed seven weeks now and am enjoying feeling stronger and more fit.
Which got me to thinking about being fit for service to the Lord. He’s called us to be His soldiers. Having good physical health is important. So is being mentally fit. But if we aren’t spiritually fit we’ll find ourselves doing KP duty instead of being in the thick of the battle against the evil of this world. I don’t know about you, but I want to be right on the front lines. I want to do my part to defeat the plans of the enemy and be fit enough to still swing my sword when the Lord calls me home.
I want to be a vital part of God’s Army, the Army that brings good news to the afflicted, that binds up the brokenhearted, that proclaims liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners, that comforts those who mourn, and that gives garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. I want to be among the people who will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3) Amen.