I know the look well. It is the look of dissatisfaction. The look of disappointment. The look of longing.

Days like these steal much of his contentment.

I also know the other look well. The look of satisfaction. The look of fulfillment. These other days give him much contentment.

Moses. A bird dog who is forced to adjust his exercise schedule according to the weather. The days he can spend time outside running, chasing birds, being chased by chickens…those are the days he comes back inside the house happy, fulfilled, and tired. Those are the days he is most thankful and satisfied.

But those days of banishment from the great outdoors due to rain or mud- those days  create an atmosphere of glum as he looks longingly out the window. His eyes look right into mine and ask, “can’t I go out and play anyway?” He was meant to run like the wind, but instead, must settle for an intense chewing session with his stuffed hedgehog. He can entertain us with his cuteness and impress us with his intelligence. But Moses is not whole unless he can liberate that kinetically inclined part of himself.

So it is with our spiritual “man”. We feed our bodies, we exercise our bodies…But what about the most vital part of us?

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”- 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

I try to exercise as much as I can. I will admit that there are times when I do well and periods when I am not as devoted as I should be. Not too long ago, I got out of the habit of regularly exercising. It started with a mean cold. Then it moved into “I need to give myself a bit more time to get over the cold.” Finally, weeks later, I realized how time had slipped away along with my motivation. Then it happened. The first time I put on those running shoes or completed that workout video my physical and psychological being was right back on the road on which it was intended.

This is not meant to be a motivational speech about your need for better health or your physical activity. While it is important and highly recommended, a greater call to action overrides this admonition.   Friend, we must not neglect the most important part of us. This shell that we so passionately strive to maintain is fading no matter how hard we work to extend its youthfulness. The real “us” is our spirit being. The part that is unseen. And the part that is most usually neglected.

It can begin with a busy schedule. But it ends with starvation. It can begin with “rainy day blues” but it makes us lazy with our faith. When we fail to liberate that God inclined part of us, we fail the part of us that matters most.

Your challenge for the day? Give your spirit man the workout of his life!


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