And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1b-2a (NIV)
It seems the older I get, the more that falls apart. As I type today, I continue to suffer from recurring and chronic pain in my wrist, arm, and shoulder. Don't be fooled, an office job can take its toll on our bodies.
I could create a list a mile long of every ache and pain in my body that needs healing. From chronic back issues, to wobbly ankles, to my wrist. I suspect you might have a similar list of ailments. I’m sure there's a specialist, a vitamin, or a diet plan out there that will cure all my ills. I just need to try the right one at the right time and MAKE IT WORK!
You know what? Taking care of our bodies can be exhausting. I often feel like I'm in a constant cycle of repairs. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just check our bodies into the repair shop and have a rental body to use while everything gets straightened out? Maybe I should check with Alamo and Hertz and see if they've considered diversifying their rentals!
What I've realized over the last few years is that preventative maintenance on my body (just like the car), goes a long way to improving my life. I wonder why I don't do more preventative maintenance for my soul. Just like my physical body, my soul, my heart and my emotions need to remain active and exercised to keep me strong from the inside out.
The Apostle Paul tells us to run the race before us with endurance. I don't think he was just talking about our physical bodies. He was talking about taking on the tasks before us with a soul that is light and healed through Christ. When our soul gets heavy, we have to toss our burdens onto Jesus Christ.
To keep from weighing ourselves down with mental and emotional – soul-crushing – burdens, we have to do some preventative maintenance. I have a close set of friends that I meet with weekly for coffee, sharing life, and Bible study. The mentoring I receive from these women has been a key component in my soul preventative maintenance plan. Another part of my maintenance plan is prayer. It amazes me time and time again how healing prayer can be.
Remember, God never intended for us to go it alone. God wants a relationship with each of us. In the end, exercising my relationship with God is truly the best medicine for healing my soul.
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Spend five minutes today in silence with God.
Dear Most Gracious Heavenly Father, You know all of my hurts. You know the bruises on my soul that are not visible to others. Lord God, guide me today in silent prayer. Motivate me to connect with other Christian women on a deeper level. Show me Your ways. Amen.
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