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Daily inspiration and Birth verse for April 9:

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Daily inspiration: If your burden is too heavy, give it to God and believe because God will handle it in your best interest. Lord, strengthen my faith so that I won't get in your way while you carry me.

Daily Scripture & Reflection: Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

A Time to Think: God walks with us. He scoops us up in His arms or simply sits with us in silent strength until we cannot avoid the awesome recognition that yes, even now, He is there. –Gloria Gaither, songwriter

A Time to Act: Put your problems in God's hands.

A Time to Pray: Lord, help me to take the opportunities You give me and work with them, not against them.

Birth verse for April 9: This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9 NIV

PrayFit Devotional: Life’s Greatest Pleasure; Apr 9, 13; Read: 2 Tim 3
“People will be lovers of themselves.” –2 Timothy 3:2

I happened to run across one of those motivational posters this weekend. You know, the kind with those powerful statements meant to inspire you to be all you can be. Well, even though it wasn’t exactly new to me, this one caught my attention nonetheless. It said, “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can’t.” Evidently, people agreed because it had about a million “likes” underneath it. And why not? Who doesn’t want to show the world? But then it dawned on me: How many times someone has actually said to me, “Jimmy, I don’t think you can do that.” How ’bout you?

You know, if there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the fitness industry it’s that there’s a self-placed chip on its shoulder and the delusion that someone is daring to knock it off. For whatever reason, Godly confidence has been replaced with a harsh, in-your-face tone, backed up with visuals. That topic demands a week’s worth of devotions, but let me take it further. Even if it was true — even if the world placed bets against one’s “ability” to be do something, in fitness or otherwise — is proving the world wrong life’s greatest pleasure?

The correct answer brings me a long way to this point, and one that we try and get across at PrayFit. Let’s not take so much pleasure in doing what others say we can’t. Let’s take pleasure in doing what God says we can. If they intersect, great. If they don’t, even better. Besides, if man says I can’t, and God says I shouldn’t, I’d rather show Him than show them. –Jimmy Peña

Discussion: Can you spend so much time in the gym or counting calories trying to “prove” the world wrong (whoever that is) that you actually miss what God is calling you to do with the health you’re building? What if the world said, “Believer, I bet you can’t invite a perfect stranger to church. I bet you can’t give to the homeless person on the corner. I bet you can’t be modest.” If that’s what the world said we couldn’t do, I wonder if we’d try to prove it wrong. Would it help us if we realized those things are God’s will already? Share your thoughts below. www.prayfit.com/2013/04/
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