I am currently on vacation. During this time, I will be mostly offline. I am getting some rest, generating new post ideas, and enjoying time with my family. While I am away, I thought I’d share with you my top posts. Whether you have read this particular post or not, I think you will find the content relevant and useful. I am excited to share it with you again!
I’ve been going to the gym faithfully for the last year. I was in decent shape before, but not in great shape. Also, I was in the military during my younger years so I got used to some of the physical demands of the military. During my college years I took a weight lifting class, tennis class, and a jogging class. Those were the best college classes ever!
I decided to join the gym for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to feel good about myself, and I also wanted to look good – truth be told. It’s like Fernando said, “it’s better to look good, than to feel good” – probably not entirely true. Second, and the most important reason- honestly – I just plain and simply wanted to be healthy. I do not relish the idea of spending my senior years with health problems, going in and out of hospitals, and spending my 401K life savings in medical bills. That wouldn’t be much of a retirement.
I’ve really gone through an an impressive transformation. No, I wasn’t 400 pounds, and lost 250 of it. But my muscle tone looks good, I can actually see muscles, I have more energy, I feel more confident, and I feel like a success.
What I have learned through this physical transformation that I’ve been going through this last year is that:
- It’s a process. I didn’t just go to the gym one day, developed muscles overnight, toned my body. It has taken many hours, days, and months to be where I am at.
- The results are not immediately noticeable. I know that from the first day when my muscles first started aching that something was happening to my body.
- It takes hard work and perseverance. I didn’t stop after a day, or a week if I didn’t notice immediate results. I’ve been at it for almost a year now, and I am going to continue for the foreseeable future.
The same way I’ve been through a physical transformation, you and me go through a spiritual transformation.
- Transformation of the way we think. Romans 12:2 talks about mental transformation. We have to renew our minds: 1. what we think; 2. How we think; 3. Why we think.
- Transformation of the way we behave. Galatians 5:19:26 details the acts of the flesh and then goes onto contrast against the fruit of the spirit.
Spiritual transformation is not like the Incredible Hulk. Where one minute you are Bruce Banner then the next you are are a green hulking being. It doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a along process. It’s an arduous journey with many bumps, distractions, heartache, and frustrations along the way.
What have you encountered in your journey of spiritual transformation?