As I get older, everything about my body seems to be going south and I have been feeling convicted (a lot) recently that I need to do something about my flabby abs. I get all dressed up, look in the mirror, suck in my stomach (so I can pretend it is nice and flat) and it still blubbles out and I think, How did that get there? Of course, it couldn’t possibly be the lattes or the overindulgence in eggnog over the holidays. Help me, Jesus!
Well, it’s time to take a good hard look (and I know you may not want to) in the mirror and decide what you want to change. How do you propose to have lasting results in regards your life? Ask yourself if you are happy with your circumstances as they are at this moment. Do you constantly look to others for the answers? Do you wish you looked great in your clothes (forget about a bathing suit!)?
Today I worked out aerobically, finishing with weights. At my age, unless I use it, I lose it (strength, stamina, vitality). It was tough on me to finish the routine but I huffed and puffed my way through it. At the end, I was sweaty but felt like I had overcome a mountain of oppression that had been hovering over me. Did my jeans fit better suddenly? No, but they will if I can stay diligent. Bad things you don’t like just don’t evaporate. Thinking things will change is a bad trap of the enemy.
Look into the greatest mirror there is to find out what God wants for your life and let this year be a new beginning for particular issues you would like to see differently. Stop pretending things will get better all by themselves. I can tell you for a fact that unless I work my abs out, they will not get any firmer.
Exercise your body to run the race God has placed before you and then begin to exercise your spirit. Don’t just look at the Bible open it to mirror the reflection God wants for you. You can end up with a flat belly but don’t end up with a ‘less than’ life.