Hitting the gym hard

I still can't walk properly and it's all Tasha's fault.

I think this is what getting your legs chewed by bears must feel like. My room is on the third floor of my house, so you can imagine my disappointment to discover upon my arrival home, that every step caused an involuntary groan to leave my mouth.

We've just joined the gym. Myself, my church's student worker Tasha, and a whole heap of our friends/ students. There will be tons of reasons why people have signed-up to this new campus gym, but I've been pretty open about the fact that I've joined because when it comes to getting myself up and out to exercise, I have lacked the discipline to make it happen. Gone are my university football team days, now I'm the girl that just walks to work.

That's it.

Choosing to sharpen an area of your life, to discipline yourself to really be on the ball with something, has a knock-on effect else where in your existence I reckon. Everything's spiritual really. I remember my little sister once gave up eating meat for three months, and it was actually to focus her attention on sorting out her habits in reading the bible. 

When Tash asked a bunch of our students to name something they wanted to see progress and break-through on this year, almost without fail people talked about being more faithful in prayer and digging into God's word, living more disciplined lives that would fuel sharing Jesus and living it out to others more effectively. Basically, we all seem to want to take God more seriously, and live lives that reflect how much it means to walk with Jesus.

So we have joined the gym. Tash got me doing squat things with weights and some kind of leg crunch that I'm pretty sure is to blame for my current thigh pain. However, when myself and my friend Sarah got on the cross-trainer (we refused to follow Tash's lead after a while, that girl is dangerous) out came the bible, my first go at memorising some scripture whilst training, and brilliant chats about Jesus ensued. 

I'm not saying if you want your life to be sharper in spending time with God and learning from him, hit the gym... but I'm not ruling it out either. In the book of 1 Timothy chapter 4, Paul teaches about living a holy life, in the context of training yourself: 

'Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 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.'

As students, it can be very easy to let good habits slide, and discipline become a far-away concept when your timetable is optional, your evenings unending and your choices on how to spend your time provide permanent distraction tactics. Rather than let this term run away to Christmas in the blink of an eye, I challenge you to take action on your intentions and desires for your faith. If you genuinely want something to take a higher priority in your life, what's the action you can take to make that happen, to sharpen your life in that way? 

I'm hopeful and expectant for what God will do in and through students who are prepared to train themselves to be more and more like Jesus. 

Miriam Swanson

Global Student Mission Leader

Miriam helps equip the church for student mission internationally. She's based in the USA and hungry to see young adults follow Jesus with all of who they are. 

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