My husband mentioned that exercising is a lot like our walk in Christ. He said we strive for that perfect body, or to know Jesus intimately, but we will never fully achieve either one. There is no such thing as the 'perfect' body, and to know Jesus is a lifetime discipline. We have to have the desire to attain each one, and we have to be deliberate in reaching our goals. We will suffer aches and pains, or trials and tribulations along the way to reaching our goal. But we can't give up, because with each exercise we do we grow a little more strong. Do not let this discourage you, instead know that you can relax and enjoy the workout of your body and spirit. Run the good race! See the finish line!
Our problem in both situations is that we want immediate results. We didn't get out of shape physically or spiritually over night, so the renewing of our body and mind will also take time. But we need to keep going, the results are wonderful! With each step that we take, each weight that we lift, if we think, "Lord, I know that this will help me to live longer and healthier, and thank You for giving me the strength to help You here on earth." With each parable we read, and each book of the Bible we study, we can know that we are doing great things for our spirit man. We are toning our fighting muscles to defeat the enemy with nary breaking a sweat! We will fill out the armor that God has given us and be beautiful warriors of the Lord!
I want Jesus to be my personal trainer. As I run around the track, I get weary, and I say, "this one is for You, Lord" and I go the extra lap. I picture Him there giving me encouragement. Strengthening my body and getting back in shape will make me more able to accomplish what He wants me to do in this life. It will keep me able to lift my arms in worship and help his other children. I want Him to be my personal trainer in my spirit. I listen to the Holy Spirit and obey. I want to know Him as much as I possibly can in this lifetime. I want to commit myself daily to knowing Him more. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
"When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble." Proverbs 4:12