I have a pair of running shoes, but you won’t find me running in them.
We have a family membership at the local BodyPlex, but it seems every time that I decide to AGAIN get in a regular work out, I notice there have been upgrades and renovations that I missed. Now we have to scan our membership key ring card to unlock the door as they no longer have a front desk attendant. Which means that I have to be sure I have the right set of keys when I go. One more thing I have to remember.
The voice in my head tells me that I need to make this choice if I intend on living a long, long time. Now that Mr. Yummy has arrived I’m thinking of hanging around a really, really long time.
Self-control is the voice of personal discipline. How is it that there are some areas in our lives when self-control is intense and actually increases. And then there are others that a mere change in the wind, would have me toss my hands up in the air and ignore what needs to be done.
Gaining self-control has much more to do with going with what I know rather than with what I feel. I never feel like getting dressed to work out, then having to take another shower, and again fixing my hair. If I could ready myself within 30 minutes, I’d be more motivated to cut out a chunk of the day to go through the “getting ready” process again. Or, if I just had someone to do this with, it’d be so much easier.
Self-control means we draw healthy boundaries for our behavior and choices.
It’s not like I eat bonbons in front of the TV, but carving out some time to take a walk…or stretch…or move to some of the 1980s exercise videos I still have in my basement, is something. But mediocrity in any part of a life is, well, mediocre. And what kind of testimony is that?
I’m grateful the Holy Spirit is our personal trainer, offering counsel and enabling us in the areas of our weakness. Some days I need it more than others.
I’m headed to the health club this morning. Not because I want to, but because it’s part of “walking properly.” I will be the one lip-sincing to some Mandisa and Jamie Grace.
Romans 13:13-14 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the LORD Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.