Tuesday, September 27, 2011
So I did a workout on the elliptical this morning. I haven't been on an elliptical for a long time. I set the machine for variety and the resistance kept increasing. Whew! I was really sweating halfway through and by the time I got to the last 6 minutes I really had to give myself a pep talk. I just kept saying over and over "You are strong. You can make it."
I was listening to my music. I had a playlist that I recently created and a song by Crystal Lewis came on. Yeah, yeah, I know, old. It was one of my favorite CDs when I was a teen. The song was I Now Live. The words are "I now live because Christ died and though he had suffered, he suffered it all for me." I got to thinking, if Jesus could suffer so much for me, then surely I can take these last minutes of workout. Sure I have shallow reasons to lose weight--to look and feel good. But deep down, I'm doing this for my health and I'm doing it for God. I am taking care of the body he entrusted to me. Then my pep talk became "This is my act of worship."
Yep, that's how I do a workout for Jesus.
"Therefore, I urge you brother, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship." Romans 12:1