Be well nourished

Hello blog readers!
It’s Friday morning, and I just got home from a jog. It didn’t go the way I intended. Over the course of some weeks, I’ve been incorporating running into my workouts. The first time I ran, my body let me know quickly that my legs were weak, my breathing technique was weak, my endurance was weak. I’ve noticed that as my body becomes physically stronger, God reveals to me parts of my spiritual life that are spiritually weak. By God physically showing me that time, patience, and endurance is required to become physically strong – I’m more encouraged about the process of growth in my spiritual life.

Yesterday morning, I ran a 3.6 mile course that I set a goal to finish. I was PUMPED when I completed the run! I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t take nearly as long to build up the endurance and strength to finish as I thought. So, I got up this morning, and set out to do it again. But today,  I got halfway down my street, and noticed a difference in the way I felt. Mentally, I was dreading the thought of only being at the starting point of the trail. I had 3.5 miles to go. Physically, I wanted to stop and go home… but I kept going, telling myself, “You did this yesterday, you can do it today”.

I struggled to run half the course before I had to stop. Not just stop and walk — but stop and call someone to come get me! I was burned out and slightly embarrassed. My mother brought me home and immediately went into the kitchen and made me a smoothie – packed with all sorts of good nutrition. She brought it to me and said, “Drink this, it should make you feel better.” As I sipped it, I realized that I hadn’t properly nourished my body for that type of exercise. Last night, I ate a light meal  that consisted mainly of vegetables and no meat. Good, yes — but not what I needed to run 3.6 miles for the second day in a row.

After my body physically felt better, I thought about how many times I’ve nourished my spirit lately. What’s that diet looking like? I suppose I’ve had a few spiritual veggies (prayer and worship music).. but I have not dived into the meat of God’s word and searched His heart for wisdom lately.  That’s what I need to be well nourished spiritually.  I’m thankful for His reminders.  I burned out today on the running trail… But in that, He revealed His wisdom. He is God, and Perfect in all His ways.

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