Have you ever engaged in people watching at the gym? (Or any where else? You know you have…). I know this is a random question, but stay with me here… there’s a point.
One thing I can’t help but notice are the regulars who focus only on their upper body. The only reason this captures my ever-wandering mind is because of the thin, matchstick-like legs supporting a top mass of beefy muscle. It’s literally a living, walking, bench-pressing, non-squatting cartoon.
The reason for this disproportion in bulk is because the gym-rat is not multifaceted. They focus on the exercises they are comfortable with and where they have proven results. They are not focused on the whole, but rather what they see in the mirror that looks good. The problem? Maybe they are looking through a waist-up mirror.
This is what happens when we are not versatile in our spirituality. When tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus rebuked the master of temptation when he was doing his best to coax him to make stones become loaves of bread in all his hunger. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said:
“People do not live by bread alone,
but every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Those words! “People do not live by bread alone…”. To be balanced in our spiritual lives, we must live in the Word and through the Spirit. To build our faith, there must be a multifaceted approach. Don’t forget to go all in with God. It’s easy to get distracted with the smoke and mirrors the devil distracts us with. His mirror is like those carnival mirrors that distort what we are looking at. His smoke is a sulfur-reeking, eye-burning cover for what’s right, what’s true, and what’s godly.
Be strong. Be balanced. Live your faith by action, not by intention. Don’t be like the lunkhead that skips leg day. To be well-rounded in your faith is to be well-grounded in your faith.