About 6 months ago, I decided I was tired of having a tire around my waist. So, I started using the “myfitnesspal.com” app as a tool to help me lose weight. It worked. I ate smaller portions(notice I didn’t say healthier) and started exercising on a regular basis. Over time I was able to lose 21 pounds. For the most part I’ve been able to keep the weight off. Every now and then I’ll gain a pound or two and then lose it again a day later.
I did well until about two weeks ago. Around that time, I quit entering all the stuff I ate on my app. I started eating dessert for EVERY evening meal. I also quit exercising as regularly as I had been. Needless to say, I gained some of that weight back. Just a couple of pounds, but for the first time since I lost the weight, I didn’t lose it the day after. I started noticing when I got dressed on a daily basis that the clothes were tighter than they were a few months ago. It caught me off guard. I hadn’t really noticed the effect being lazy had on the progress I had achieved.
Over the last several weeks, work has been real busy. Church has kept me real busy. Sunday School; Worship Service; Sunday Night; Saturday Morning Bible Study; etc.
Over the past several weeks, the routine of having a personal quiet time with God each morning; a personal prayer time on Sunday mornings; devotions with my wife several times a week was “explained away” with legitimate reasons. Tired; busy; need to study; no time; etc. were all reasons I knew God “understood” not taking the time to spend with Him. As long as I was “busy” doing some work for Him, that was all I needed. You would think by now, I would have learned this lesson. Apparently not.
I found myself with a shorter temper with my wife; a shorter temper at work; constant exhaustion; less time preparing for SS; less time preparing for Men’s Bible Study and becoming an all around backsliding Christian. I woke up one day and realized that I had become lazy in time spent with Him. I realized I wasn’t living a life pleasing to Christ. This didn’t happen overnight. It happened because over time I began to be undisciplined. I began to “gain weight” and live an unhealthy spiritual lifestyle.
I realized I can’t control my attitude; temper; etc. with my own strength. I have to have God’s direction. I have to follow His leadership. I have to make Him first in ALL areas of my life. That means I HAVE to spend time with Him. I need a quiet time; I need a time of prayer; I need a time of devotions with my wife.
Is having a quiet time really necessary for you? I can’t answer that for you. I would challenge you to ask God and see what He says. For me? It most definitely is necessary! I can’t live this life on my own. I need His strength; guidance; wisdom and love. I only find that when I seek Him on a regular basis.
So, I’m back on the Spiritual Exercise Trail. And on the Physical Exercise Trail. After all; “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
I Timothy 4:8