by Erica Pearson, firstname.lastname@example.org
I do NOT like to work out. It’s not “fun” for me. I would much rather curl up with a good book and have all that curling magically form abs! I’m not one of those people who feel exuberant after a walk. No rush of “feel good” hormones to my brain to make me feel happy. Hey, I’m just being honest. Someone is shouting “Amen” right now.
I recently read a Facebook status that just further justified my negative attitude towards the cause. It read “should not have taken a few weeks off #feelingmeh.” Now, for this couch potato I thought, “See there! Three short weeks and all that work is already gone!” At that exact moment I should have ducked, because the spiritual sucker punch hit me hard! The same weakness my runner friend was feeling is the exact same kind of spiritual exhaustion I had felt just weeks earlier.
I fight a battle every single day. It is a war with something I cannot easily escape. I kind of need it to survive. My mind is not always my friend. I am often assaulted with very negative thoughts. Here recently I got in a real funk. I was just “low”. After about three weeks of trying to fight it off without any real work, I thought out loud (literally)… “That’s it Satan, I’ve had it! Today… you… lose,” and I drove myself to the nearest Christian bookstore.
In hindsight, I realize this was the very equivalent to running to the gym and picking up a weight. I have been spiritually working out long enough to know exactly what I needed and I ran right to the “M” section to find the perfect Beth Moore fit for me (pause for a woot woot for Beth). Her book Get Out Of That Pit jumped right into my waiting hands. In the intro she writes:
“I’m writing to tell you I believe God has scheduled your fight out of the pit. You’re going to need to show up for it though…”
Just like a work out… you have to SHOW up. I had stopped showing up for my spiritual health. I had been running on Sunday Sermons and great worship music without really putting in any “gym” time.
Just like my friend who took some “time off”… I ran out of steam. I might not feel good after a walk, but I do it anyway. However, my spiritual workout NEVER lets me down. This journey in which I have begun to dig out of my pit has given me fresh oxygen to breathe again and renew my MIND. Just like exercising, there is not a “quick fix.” In our “there’s-an-app-for-that” society, we often want to get a daily Bible verse and call it a day. That might last us for a moment, but real results take place when we do the hard work.