I woke up this morning knowing I needed to work out but dreading it at the same time. I haven't worked out in about 2 weeks and the thought of beginning again was almost haunting me. I hated that I allowed myself to stop in the first place because I knew how hard it would be to start again. Isn't it funny how it takes so long to build a habit but you can break that same habit overnight... Well the good habits anyway.... Somehow it works the other way for those bad habits.... But I digress...
So I build myself up in my most holy faith, I turn my music on and I start jumping. I start to feel the heaviness of my body but I keep jumping. After about five minutes... The heaviness leaves and I'm feeling my energy take over and it's like I never took that break. My body remembered and my mind became subject to my body's ability to do what it was used to doing. I started to get excited! I just knew for sure that my break away from working out would have erased my previous triumphs and I would have to start all over again... But it wasn't like that. I was right where I left off.
I started thinking about how we stop praying or reading our word, or going to church and it becomes harder to do it because we have been out of the loop. The biggest hindrance to beginning again is that we don't want to feel the heaviness of guilt or distance that comes from not having been in that place for a while. We have a hard time believing that God is not holding our hiatus against us. But He's not. He understands our battles and is ready whenever we are to pick back up where you left off. He remembers and in His presence God will give you the strength to lay aside that heaviness and enjoy the triumphs you have gained being His child. Don't compare God's love to man's love... We can't come close to loving the way He loves. He loves us back to His standards with His mercy and His direction. He keeps us going with His acceptance and His encouragement. I am a recipient of this first hand.
So today, get in position and let God love on you. Lay aside whatever weighs you down and keeps you from The Lord. Step out and do one thing you haven't done in a while. Read your bible today. Pray to Him with the confidence that He hears you and is concerned for you. Before you know it, you will be back and you will want more.... Blessings today!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16