~ 30 Days of Shining With an Attitude of Gratitude ~
Not everyone enjoys running. People often ask me why I do.
It’s because it requires mental discipline and when I run, it’s more than just a run. It’s a worship experience. With my earbuds nestled comfortably and my Christian worship/rock music playlist tuned in nice and loud, I get lost in the glory of God’s presence.
Running in and of itself is not hard. It’s our mind that makes it hard. With every foot strike to the pavement (or the treadmill in many cases) I feel my soul being refreshed and energized. My legs get tired, yes. Some days my knees hurt too. Other days I just feel very low on energy. But I’m able to keep going because my thoughts are focused on the glory of God, not the way my brain perceives my body to feel.
It’s like that in life when trials hit. We have to have a mental discipline that says, I’m not going to listen to the discomforts, the fears, the weariness. I’m going to set my eyes on Jesus, the perfecter and author of my faith and persevere.
Running reminds me of how strong and healthy my body and mind are. I realize being healthy is a gift to be embraced and appreciated. I pray I’ll remain so for a very long time.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Today, I will:
Honor God with my body by intentionally fueling it with healthy food. Food for nourishment and food for my soul. Then, I'll plug in those earbuds and go for a worship-filled jog.
Be healthy today. Choose to get some exercise, even if it’s just a walk around your neighborhood. In fact, do it as a family! Choose to make healthy food choices. Choose to meditate on scripture today.
Let’s shine with an attitude of gratitude for our healthy bodies and minds!
I'd love for you to share in the comments one way you honor God with your body and mind.
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