Exercising has become a given in my schedule. I LOVE running and cycling…I’ve even come to enjoy swimming (hated it at first).
I’m currently training for a marathon in the beginning of November, but my exercise routine has been sidelined this week. During a long run last Saturday, I started experiencing some foot pain. Like the stubborn man I am, instead of stopping, I just pushed through it :). It honestly wasn’t very painful while I was running, but man have I paid for it since. It’s been so painful, I haven’t been able to run or ride all week. I’ve been doing everything I know of to “fix” it and even had my podiatrist friend take a look at it for me. It’s slowly getting better, but in the meantime, I’m struggling huge with missing all these workouts.
Here’s the thing I’ve noticed. Missing my workouts has drastically affected me. I’ve had a difficult time focusing, my attitude has been terrible, and I’ve been eating a lot of junk food. I’m honestly shocked at how much missing these workouts has affected my overall well-being.
Here’s the scary thing…how often am I missing my spiritual “workouts”…spending time with God through worship, prayer, Bible reading, etc? And how is that affecting me? I think it’s a lot easier to be running on empty spiritually than it is to be on empty physically.
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” –I Timothy 4:8
As I reflect on this verse and think back on my week, I’m reminded that my identity is found in who I am in Christ, not in who I am as an athlete. Ultimately it’s more important that I am investing in my relationship with God than it is that I am improving as an athlete.
While this isn’t a new lesson for me, it’s an important one that I need to be reminded of on a regular basis. I have a tendency to chase after other things for fulfillment rather than going to the only One who can truly satisfy my soul. How about you? Do you have something you chase after thinking that it will satisfy the longings of your heart? Hear these famous words from Saint Augustine of Hippo
“You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.” –Confessions, chapter 1