Getting Fit

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” Psalm 63:1 (KJV)

Getting fit is not easy. How many people reading today can run a mile in under nine minutes or how many can walk a mile in 12 minutes? How many can do push-ups? Not just one, but 40 without stopping? Can you do 50 sit-ups without stopping?

Getting fit takes work and discipline. I have a few tips that won’t necessarily help you run under nine minutes in the mile, but they will help you get started on being fit. When you arrive at your office or before you go to school or office, do 25 push-ups. You can also do 25 squats without weight at home or the office. You will be surprised at how you improve. Start small and build up.

A lot of times we can easily give ourselves excuses for not performing and getting in shape. Our Christian life needs discipline, too; we need a plan similar to working out. Get up and read a chapter in Psalms and Proverbs each day. You’ll find it’s easier if you do it in the morning before work. It takes a little more effort to get out of that comfortable bed, but the reward is that you get to rest and learn in the hands and arms of Jesus. Getting in physical shape is not easy, and getting in spiritual shape is difficult, too, but things in life that are not easy and are more worthwhile in the long run. Now let’s get fit!

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Maximizing Your Gifts

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” Ephesians 4:11-12 (KJV)

We all have spiritual gifts. We may not know what they are, but if you’re not sure read Romans 12, I Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 to get an idea of what they are and how you match up to the gifts listed, or you can go online to take a spiritual gifts test. Your may have also have an athletic gift, whether it’s playing or coaching. When we recognize that gift, it seems we spend so much of our time trying to get better at our weaknesses. Maybe we should try and excel at our strengths.

I once knew a soccer player who was great with using his body and his right foot. His left foot was there, but he didn’t try to perfect it. He concentrated on his strength. He went on to make the Olympic team and win hundreds of games. He knew and perfected his talent.

Our Christian life is similar. We should focus on the spiritual gift God gave us, rather than trying to fit into a role in which we cannot excel. God made us for a purpose and he also gifted us for those purposes, as well. Let’s use them to the fullest and for His glory.

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Doing What Counts

““Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” II Timothy 4:2

What are you doing this summer? We have four seasons in North Carolina and each season brings a new feeling of starting over. This summer I will travel to some special places with my family; some day trips and some overnight ones, and we may attend a sporting event and enjoy some festivals.

Let me challenge you with this: as each new season comes, don’t ask what you are going to do for yourself. Instead, ask what you can do for Jesus during the new season.

Summer is a great time to share the gospel. People are more relaxed and many times are more open. Neighbors are out and there are events and games to attend. More people are walking and enjoying God’s creation, making it a great time to share about God, His creation and the love of Jesus for their soul.

Wherever you live, try and win one person to Jesus each season. That is a total of four people each year. If we all choose to do this, there will be a lot of new converts for Jesus Christ. Let’s go!

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The Prayers of the Righteous

“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29

In a devotional on June 13 I wrote about the power of prayer and the importance of prayer. I asked those reading the devotional to pray for me and for Sports Spectrum. We really needed it that day.

I had actually written the devotional about five months earlier. What amazed me was all of the things that happened for it to be placed on that particular day. Managing Editor Brett Honeycutt had placed the devotional on June 13 way back in February just before we went to print. On June 10, a few days before most of you read the devotional, a meeting was scheduled that was going to be a tough meeting. On June 13, I was out of town for this meeting, picked up my Blackberry around 5:45 a.m., and began to see e-mail from many people saying they were praying for me.

I had forgotten that I had written the devotional and that it was placed on that day. The prayers were so timely. Only God knew five months earlier I would need all that prayer on June 13. I want to say thank you to all those who sent an e-mail and prayed. The power of prayer is real. The meeting went better than expected, only because of your prayers. I had no anxiety going into the meeting because your prayers gave me the confidence that only God can supply. You are a blessing. Thank you. I know God hears prayers and acts on our behalf.

So if someone asks you to pray, as you did for me, please take it very seriously and humbly cry out to God on behalf of others. God is bigger than we can ever imagine.

This devotion was taken from the Summer 2011 edition of Training Table

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