Fresh Hope – Day 328

My metabolism doesn’t like me!

I have been on a diet since I was a teenager.

This has led me to adopting a lifestyle of running twice a week and using hand weights; all this combined with watching what I eat works for me.

I know this will sound obvious, but the reason I put time aside to run 3 miles twice a week is because in my natural everyday life (working behind a desk), I never spontaneously stop what I’m doing and run 3 miles.

My job doesn’t call for me to do that.

In the same way, there is nothing in my normal life activities that causes me to lift 8kg weights.

I purposefully make space in the week to do unnatural activities (as opposed to naturally occurring) that aren’t crucial for my survival, but beneficial for my existence.

As in the natural, so in the spiritual…

There is nothing in our normal day-to-day life that enriches and feeds us spiritually!

If there was, then we would all be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s in the faith, merely by our default lives.

I am far from perfect, but I know that I am better for, and enjoy more successes by, being disciplined by making space to feed my spiritual life.

From a ‘quiet time’ in the morning, to being part of a Life group, to being part of a healthy and growing Church, there are many ways that we can create opportunities to feed a side of our lives that won’t get built up by the natural course of events.

Today, you have made a great choice to put time aside to read ‘Fresh Hope’.

If you’re like me and struggle in life, it means you’re normal; if you’re normal it means you can grow stronger by learning to make space in your busy schedules to help build a wonderful relationship with Jesus.

Hebrew 10:24-25 ‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’

Luke Cartwright

A daily devotion for a better way of living.