Exercise makes you spiritually fit.

Exercise is not usually all that enjoyable. It can be fun at times, but in general it is painful. I rank my workouts on a scale of how terrible they are. Sometimes they are just a little bit terrible and other times they are lay-on-the-floor-with-drool-coming-out-of-your-mouth terrible. But in general exercise is terrible. It is hard. You sweat. You push your body to do what it couldn’t do yesterday. Afterwards, you are sore. Very sore. Most people can’t get over these negative elements of exercise and simply choose not to workout. It is so easy to watch someone else do the work and cheer them on but to actually do the work ourselves takes a whole new level of commitment.

But the reality is, you need exercise to be healthy, and not just physical exercise, but spiritual exercise also. You should definitely find some type of physical exercise you enjoy and be committed to working out, but you should be even more committed to working out your faith.

Exercising your faith all about taking that next step, whatever it might be. When you feel God leading you to do something, do it. Some next steps are easier than others. God may be asking you to do something small or something extremely difficult. No matter what your next step is, just take it. Don’t talk yourself out of it. Keep moving forward. It doesn’t have to be pretty. You don’t need to know all the details. Even if it feels like you are stumbling forward instead of walking confidently, keep moving!

What is God asking you to do today? Stop what you are doing and ask God, “What is my next step today?” It’s time to stop watching and start exercising!

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