We've all heard the expression from Nike - "just do it.' Nike provides the equipment, but ultimately you've got to decide to use the equipment. This has great application to every aspect of life including the spiritual.
Lately, I've been a slacker on many fronts. I used to run three to five days a week until I developed a knee injury. In attempting to treat it, I slacked off on the running.
I also used to wake up every morning and spend quality quiet time with the Lord. Of late, I find myself rolling out of bed and jumping right in to the day's activities, then stopping myself so that I can at least have 5-10 minutes of morning devotions. This amount of time is not sufficient to deepen a relationship.
In both of these areas I've seen the difference - I often feel disconnected from my Source, and I question and doubt myself.
Recently I started running again and here's what I realized:
- I have what I need to do this
- Just because it feels tough does not mean I should quit
- You already know how to run, now just keep putting one foot in front of the other
- The sense of accomplishment when completed is worth it
- The more I do it, the better I feel, the easier it becomes
- Just when you think you've mastered this, something comes along to trip you up, but keep going any how.
- Finish strong
These lessons are important in my spiritual life as well and I've started to apply them. As a matter of fact they are more important spiritually, than physically.
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. 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)
Have you been slacking off lately? Do you have what it takes to just do it?