The Challenges

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God –this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.”– Romans 12-1-2 (NIV)

I put myself through a heavy physically challenging workout today. I ran my usual 5 miles but followed with my heaviest weigh-lifting to date. I needed to feel each muscle burn completely, though my coach warned me to be easier during this period of cutting for definition. I followed my weight-lifting with some serious sauna time which always feels refreshing after my weight sessions.

I left the gym after the weights; feeling fully alive and renewed but somewhat physically exhausted. I needed to feel exhaustion to feel alive today. My workout was my integration of my physical, spiritual and intellectual challenges that are part of me. In short, my worship today was physical, spiritual and intellectual. For the physical strength to do this, I am ever grateful to God.

I push myself because I am compelled to do so. In the past week, with my cutting routine as directed by my coach, I am down 10 pounds but loving the angular definition of my muscular development. At my age, I am very grateful that I can undertake these challenges and meet them head on, much as I have done aspects of my life. I know that I seek these challenges to put my life in the direction I want to go, I must go without question now.

The air was warm for late October. Even though the day was cloudy, the colors of the few leaves left on the trees were electric. I could feel the energy, has been with me for the past week, with every breath as I ran faster than I dreamed possible even two weeks ago. I am stronger with each step and I feel renewed with each step. I also feel quite fearless.

This was my spiritual act of worship today. I will honor my uncle, my father, my brother, my aunt and my little cousin in our All Saint’s Day services tomorrow but I needed to honor God today with my physical work, and my joy; growing stronger with each day that passes. There is another whom I will honor tomorrow, one I did not meet but whose spirit lives on and has touched my patients and all with whom his story has been shared. This is purely the will of God at work and amazing.

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