One of the things I love about exercise is that it makes me feel stronger. Physical strength is what draws me to run. When I run regularly, it becomes a place God talks to me. As I take step after step, I hear His voice and with each whisper, He changes me.
I'm finding that the more I stick to my 30 minutes of running each day feel like it or not, the more benefits I see. Developing perseverance and self discipline are among the top reasons I am keeping at it. These character traits don't just help me become a better runner or get in better shape physically. They are causing me to strengthen my spiritual muscles and exercise my faith in a different way. A better, stronger way. And I'm seeing results. In my body and in my heart. Just as God intended.
"Exercise daily in God ... Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we've thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We're banking on the living God ... Teach...with your life... Stay at your post reading Scripture... Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them... Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don't be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation." From 1 Timothy 4 The Message
I love how God captures my attention, says something and then just for good measure to make sure I didn't miss His encouragement, He says it again.
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